Unlocking the racialized and gendered educational experiences of South Asian females in Hong Kong: The case study of Pakistani girls

Mark Shiu-kee SHUM, Fang GAO, Linda TSUNG

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Abstract

Educating South Asians with different language and cultural backgrounds and integrating them into mainstream society have been a challenge for the educational system of Hong Kong. This study documents the educational experiences of a group of Pakistani girls in the contexts of home, community, and school in Hong Kong. Using ethnographic methods, data collection is based on interviews evoking their life stories. These stories recount how Pakistani girls attempt to negotiate with traditional customs, religion and mainstream stereotypes and to construct racialized and gendered schooling experiences. This study highlights the importance of mainstream engagement in regard to critical learning about cultural and linguistic diversity. It is claimed that minorities have an active role as agents in social transformation and change in achieving racial and gender equality, in this case for the most disadvantaged minority females, within the asymmetrical power relationships between local Chinese and South Asian minorities in Hong Kong. Copyright © 2012 Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-262
JournalAsian Ethnicity
Volume13
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012

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Shum, M. S.-K., Gao, F., & Tsung, L. (2012). Unlocking the racialized and gendered educational experiences of South Asian females in Hong Kong: The case study of Pakistani girls. Asian Ethnicity, 13(3), 251-262. doi: 10.1080/14631369.2012.630570

Keywords

  • South Asian
  • Educational experience
  • Race
  • Gender
  • Power
  • Agency