The Chinese in Britain : Working towards success?

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Original languageEnglish
Journal / PublicationInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1998


The Chinese community has made rapid socio-economic advancement in Britain over the course of one generation. This paper examines the influences of culture and structure in determining the remarkable levels of attainments made by the Chinese in Britain. In addition, the impacts of culture and structure in circumscribing the occupational choices of the Chinese in Britain are also explored, since somewhat marring this image of success is the occupational segregation of the Chinese in the labour market. The human resource implication of this latter situation is that there exists a valuable source of qualified Chinese labour currently engaged in the ethnic niche, particularly the Chinese catering industry, which could be better utilized in the wider labour market. It is suggested that responsibility to address this issue reducing such wastage, involves the efforts of three parties, namely, the Chinese themselves, careers counsellors, as well as organizations in Britain.

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  • Aspirations, Britain, Chinese, Hong Kong, Occupations, Work ethos