Women Crossing Borders: The Changing Identities of Professional Chinese Migrant Women in Australia

Christina Ho
2006 PORTAL: Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies  
Women are crossing borders at an unprecedented rate. Moreover, especially in Asia, women are increasingly migrating not only as the traditional 'trailing spouse', but as skilled professionals in their own right. Australia has been a major destination for skilled Asian women, largely because of the government's push to meet a domestic skills shortage with the migration of skilled professionals. Guided by a marketoriented approach that views migration through the lens of economic efficiency, the
more » ... ic efficiency, the government has constructed its ideal migrant as an educated and highly employable professional who will not become a 'drain' on the public purse. However, while skilled migrants have been successfully recruited to Australia, there is much evidence that migrants' skills and knowledge are under-utilised and undervalued in the Australian workforce. This is particularly the case for women, who typically experience blocked or downward occupational mobility. These kinds of difficulties faced by migrants in re-establishing their careers have been well documented in Australia and other western countries. Researchers have documented problems with securing recognition of overseas-gained qualifications and work experience, language difficulties, discrimination, and other problems in transferring careers across borders (e.g. Chapman and
doi:10.5130/portal.v3i2.140 fatcat:xptu746ysvb3hmkxm5b666hf2i