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“Forced” family separation and intergenerational dynamics: Multi-generational new Chinese immigrant families in New Zealand


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In New Zealand (NZ), due to the immigration policy change against family reunifications, many ‘forced’ transnational immigrant families emerged between NZ and other immigration sending countries. Closely tied family members across generations now have limited choice but to live across different national, cultural, and linguistic localities. By taking the new Chinese immigrant families from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) as the case in point, and based on 45 in-depth interviews with their multi-generational family members, this paper examines how immigrant families adapt to the NZ immigration regime which does not easily accommodate their cultural preference to live as multi-generational families. It also demonstrates the importance of family reunification for immigrant families in NZ, and the changing inter-generational power relations caused by the evolving process of migration and settlement of these families.

Item Type: Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Immigration policy, family reunification, intergenerational dynamics, Chinese immigrants, multigenerational immigrant families, migration studies, family studies, social work
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: Schools > Centre for Health & Social Practice
Depositing User: Jason Ran
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2021 23:11
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2023 09:20

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