Work in a Family Business and Gender Relations: A Case Study of Recent Korean Immigrant Women

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Published: 2002

Author(s): Min-Jung Kwak

With the removal of racist barriers in the 1960s, the Canadian government has emphasized family reunification, labour market skills, and humanitarian objectives in its immigration policies. As a result, Canada has experienced two prominent trends in contemporary immigration. One is the increasing diversity among immigrants in their ethnic origins and socio-economic characteristics (Boyd and Vickers 2000). The other is the growing visibility of women in Canada’s immigrant population. The proportion of women has grown steadily and they now comprise slightly more than half of all immigrants (ibid.). These significant trends provoke researchers and policy makers to pay particular attention to the different experiences of immigrant women and families who are from non-traditional source countries.

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