Ethnic minority students' progression to university in Hong Kong: Access and equity

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Despite a rapid growth at compulsory education stage in Hong Kong, ethnic minority students are the least represented in local tertiary institutions. This study critically evaluates the effectiveness of government support policies and practices for boosting the capacity of marginalised members of minority community to accessing university. Bourdieusian concepts of capital are employed to explore historically noteworthy progressive steps towards access and equity juxtaposed with recent indicators of policy development. Semi-structured interviews with minority students explore their views on the effects of multiple forms of capital, embedded in educational policies and practices on their pathways to university. The results of analysis reveal that the current policy measures are narrowly concentrated on remediating minorities' limited Chinese proficiency. This study calls for a holistic policy framework that could mobilise the under-represented minority youth and enable their well-being, economic and social inclusion within the multicultural education movement. Copyright © 2019 Korean Association for Multicultural Education.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-148
JournalMulticultural Education Review
Issue number2
Early online dateMay 2019
Publication statusPublished - 2019



Gao, F. (2019). Ethnic minority students' progression to university in Hong Kong: Access and equity. Multicultural Education Review, 11(2), 135-148. doi: 10.1080/2005615X.2019.1615245


  • Ethnic minority
  • University access
  • Educational policy
  • Capital
  • Hong Kong