Time: 15:30-17:00, June 11, 2014
Location: D128, Geography and Environment Building, the South Campus of SYSU
Name: Eric Fong
Title: Full Professor
Affiliation: University of Toronto
Eric Fong is a professor of sociology at the University of Toronto. He is the current President of the Canadian Population Society and the Chair of the International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association. He also serves as an academic advisor at various international research centres. Fong widely publishes in the areas of race and ethnic residential patterns and immigration. One of his current projects, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, examines the immigrant businesses in small and large cities.
Abstract: Our study explores the unemployment patterns of local-born and immigrant youth in Hong Kong. Hong Kong provides a unique context to evaluate assimilation outcomes without the racial effect. Based on data from the 2011 Hong Kong census, the findings support the classical assimilation perspective, the segmented assimilation perspective, and the paradox of assimilation. The fact that immigrant youths have higher unemployment rates than local-born youths in Hong Kong is related to their low percentages in having low levels of education and arriving Hong Kong at older age. However, the difference of unemployment rate between Hong Kong local and immigrant youths could be even wider if the income level of their parents were not higher. The findings suggest that the dynamics of assimilation are complicated even in places outside North America.