This book explores the simultaneous Asianisation and feminisation of mid-level management in the financial services sector in world and global cities in the Asia-Pacific.
Chan draws on 50 in-depth interviews with ethnically Chinese female professionals working in middle or upper management positions in Sydney, Hong Kong, Shanghai and four other cities in Australia and China. She analyses the interplay between geographical location, gender and career mobility. Growing numbers of transnational Chinese live and work in major cities in developed countries. In this context, a new social, economic ecosystem is being created for and by female professionals working in an elite sector of the service industry across the Asia-Pacific region. Chan examines the nature of this ecosystem through an examination of the lives and work of such women – their role in forming multinational networks in financial service firms, their collective work situation, their daily challenges, and their coping strategies in the workplace and at home.
A compelling comparative study, which will be of great interest to scholars and students looking at the role of gender and ethnicity in globalisation.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. Research localities, focus and methodology 3. Locality, power and career opportunity 4. City connectivity, mobility and translocality 5. Workplace, culture and career mobility: gender dynamics in banks 6. Work and family: cooperation and resistance 7. Conclusions: gender, negotiated opportunities and politics of trust
Wai-wan Vivien Chan currently is Research Professor at Institute of Public Policy, South China University of Technology, China.