Is Housing in New Zealand Heaven or Hell for Chinese Immigrants?

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  • DATE / TIME:
    2019•04•01    10:45 - 12:45
    Kuala Lumpur

    “One Tree Hill” (also known as Maungakiekie), a 182-metre (597 ft) volcanic peak in Auckland, New Zealand. UN Photo by Evan Schneider


    “Appo Hocton” was the first officially-recorded Chinese in New Zealand (NZ), arriving in 1842; according to the NZ Census, Chinese and migrant populations have been growing rapidly since then. A number of sociological studies and the media had reported that Chinese workers experienced a history of prejudice, hardship and ignorance.

    This study explores the Chinese understanding of well-being in the context of housing experiences of 20 immigrants from mainland China to NZ.


    Ms ZHANG Wei studied for her Bachelor of Medicine at Peking University Health Science Centre (People’s Republic of China), then Master of Public Policy at Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand). Her research focused on health services for Chinese immigrants and the barriers they faced. She is in her final year of PhD study at the University of Otago (New Zealand) and is looking at housing experiences of Chinese immigrants in relation to their well-being in New Zealand.


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