'Astronaut' wives: Perceptions of changes in family roles

Chang, Man Wai and Darlington, Yvonne (2008) 'Astronaut' wives: Perceptions of changes in family roles. Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, 17 1: 61-77. doi:10.1177/011719680801700103

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Author Chang, Man Wai
Darlington, Yvonne
Title 'Astronaut' wives: Perceptions of changes in family roles
Journal name Asian and Pacific Migration Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0117-1968
Publication date 2008-01-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/011719680801700103
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 17
Issue 1
Start page 61
End page 77
Total pages 17
Editor Fabio Baggio
Maruja M.B. Asis
Place of publication Quezon City, Philippines
Publisher Scalabrini Migration Center
Language eng
Subject C1
940112 Families and Family Services
160799 Social Work not elsewhere classified
Abstract This paper examines the family relationships of five 'astronaut' wives from Hong Kong following their migration to Brisbane, Australia. We focused specifically on the women's experiences of spousal and parental relationships, along with changes in their roles and responsibilities that have accompanied their emigration with their children while their husbands remained in Hong Kong. There are two major observations from their accounts. The first is an apparent paradox in that while the women appear to have embraced a more modem lifestyle - living separately from their husbands and taking on greater day-to-day decision-making responsibilities - they have assumed more traditional roles. They have full responsibility for child rearing and they are totally financially dependent on their husbands. The second observation is that the women's migration experiences differed according to their perceptions of the nature and quality of spousal relationship. Thus, while these women appear to be in similar circumstances, a closer examination of their lived experiences revealed significant differences.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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