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Making sense of family and home: multi-generational immigrant families from China to New Zealand

Liu, Liangni Sally; Ran, Guanyu Jason


Liangni Sally Liu


Paolo Boccagni


After three decades during which New Zealand has embraced a neoliberal immigration regime, a large number of new Chinese immigrants from Mainland China have arrived in the country with the visible presence of many multi-generational new Chinese immigrant families. The long-established practice of building multi-generational family units to secure the family's financial, cultural, and social future is very much alive among this immigrant population. However, the gradual immigration policy change towards restricting family reunification, especially restricting the immigration of the older parents of first-generation adult immigrants, has effectively resulted in family separation. Consequently, these immigrant families have to make multiple "homes" and find creative ways of maintaining family relationships across national borders. Drawing on key results from a three-year research project on the new Chinese immigrant families from Mainland China in New Zealand, this chapter discusses the dynamics of their family relationships and homemaking in transnational migration.

Online Publication Date Jun 15, 2023
Publication Date 2023
Deposit Date Jul 4, 2023
Publisher Edward Elgar Publishing
Pages 635-646
Book Title Handbook on Home and Migration
Chapter Number 51
ISBN 9781800882768
Keywords Transnational migration, Multigenerational migrant family, Home, China, New Zealand, Intergenerational relationship