Happy Families Alike?

Part of the Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life book series (PSFL)


This chapter describes the diverse life-course trajectories of Chinese-British inter-ethnic families in the UK. Continuing the work done in the introduction, it traces two distinct immigration pathways—marriage and professional—through to two distinct patterns in the families’ lives, as differentiated by the gender-role orientation of the couples: domesticity or professionalism. Divergent life-course dynamics of Chinese-British inter-ethnic families arise from distinctive intersections between gender and ethnic identities. The families’ distinct combinations of gender and ethnic identities raise questions to be explored further in the book: what do the distinct constructs of gender and ethnic identities mean for different groups of Chinese-British inter-ethnic families and individuals? How are the intersections of gender and ethnicity uniquely formulated through different migration pathways, and why?


Ethnic Identity Chinese Tradition Filial Obligation Marriage Migration Chinese Mother 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yang Hu
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  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of EssexEssexUK

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