Acculturative Stress among Chinese Immigrants in New Zealand

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dc.contributor.advisor Houkamau, C en
dc.contributor.advisor Ang, S en Cai, Fei en 2011-12-12T02:31:41Z en 2011 en
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dc.description.abstract Asian migrants constitute a significant part of New Zealand society, with Chinese being the largest ethnic group (Abbott et al., 2003). For decades, migrants' acculturation experiences in host societies have received significant attention from researchers as a variety of cultural and psychological changes arise from intercultural contact. However, there exist few studies concerning Chinese migrants' acculturation experiences in New Zealand. This research aims to address this paucity by focusing on the acculturative stress experienced by migrant Chinese in New Zealand. The primary goal is to find predictors of acculturative stress as well as investigating frequently used strategies for coping. The current research inquires into whether social support satisfaction, ethnic affirmation and bicultural identity integration contribute to Chinese migrants' acculturative stress. This is the first attempt to examine the impact of these three factors on the Chinese acculturation experience in New Zealand. A positivist research paradigm was adopted to guide the research; a quantitative research method was then used. Data were collected through a questionnaire survey which was conducted either by standard post or online survey. Findings from the 291 ethnic minority migrant Chinese suggest that both length of stay in New Zealand and English fluency are negatively associated with acculturative stress. The influence of education level on acculturative stress is less significant. Based on multiple regression analyses, social support satisfaction is negatively related to acculturative stress and cultural conflict shows a significantly positive association with acculturative stress. However, ethnic affirmation and cultural distance are found not to predict acculturative stress in the study. In addition, findings indicate significant relationships between the independent variables. Higher social support satisfaction is related to stronger ethnic affirmation and a lower level of cultural conflict. Four coping strategies are also identified, with seeking help from social networks being the most frequently used strategy among Chinese migrants in New Zealand. The acculturative stress usually arises from perceived discrimination, language barriers, and social network isolation. Despite some limitations, the study has made a valuable contribution to the growing area of Asian migration research in New Zealand, incorporating a number of contributing factors of acculturative stress, thus extending the current research scope to include Chinese migrants' acculturative stress. en
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dc.relation.ispartof Masters Thesis - University of Auckland en
dc.relation.isreferencedby UoA99220741914002091 en
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dc.title Acculturative Stress among Chinese Immigrants in New Zealand en
dc.type Thesis en Commerce in Management en The University of Auckland en Masters en
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pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2011-12-12 en

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