Achieving economic and social integration: the training needs of South Asian male adults in Hong Kong

Fung, Kam Man (2016) Achieving economic and social integration: the training needs of South Asian male adults in Hong Kong. EdD thesis, University of Nottingham.

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Abstract

This research investigated the training needs of South Asian male adults in Hong Kong. It aimed at understanding the social forces behind the social exclusion and the disadvantageous employment conditions being faced by them, with a view to designing appropriate training programmes for improving their employment prospects and integration into the Hong Kong society.

The literature review suggested the view that there were gaps between our existing knowledge about the training needs of South Asian male adults in achieving economic and social integration and the reality. A mixed-method approach of qualitative research was adopted, in which first stage data were collected by questionnaire survey, and qualitative data were obtained by subsequent face-to-face interviews.

In general, the South Asian male adults who participated in this study faced problems to various extents in job seeking, employment and receiving training. They considered language barriers, unfair treatments, cultural and religious differences, and racial discrimination as problems which hindered their economic and social integration into the Hong Kong society. The social policy recommendations drawn from the research findings to improve the economic and social positions of South Asian male adults in Hong Kong included: provision of dedicated training services, equal education opportunities, formulation and implementation of Chinese language enhancement policies, fostering of mutual help among ethnic minorities and the ethnic enclave economy, and last but not least, promotion of multiculturalism and interculturalism for achieving racial harmony and mutual understanding.

Item Type: Thesis (University of Nottingham only) (EdD)
Supervisors: Morgan, W. John
Murphy, David
Keywords: Ethnic minorities, Training needs
Subjects: H Social sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Faculties/Schools: UK Campuses > Faculty of Social Sciences, Law and Education > School of Education
Item ID: 36062
Depositing User: Fung, Kam Man
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2017 09:33
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2017 09:40
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/36062

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