Like many settings worldwide, Hong Kong has recently been combatting the fifth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic with steadily increasing numbers since the beginning of January 2022. Through media, it is observed that perceived discrimination appears to be reported by many ethnic minorities, and they are stereotyped as virus spreaders due to the increasing number of confirmed cases and untraceable COVID-19 clusters in Hong Kong. In this study, we investigated ways to cultivate resilience among ethnic minorities against COVID-19 in Hong Kong. A qualitative methodology was adopted to interview 15 social service providers from diverse ethnic backgrounds serving disadvantaged ethnic minority groups (South and Southeast Asian groups from low-income households, foreign domestic workers, and asylum seekers/refugees). Two major protective factors were identified as contributing to the development of resilience among diverse ethnic groups: individual-based resilience (being optimistic) and socio-environmental factors (e.g., ongoing support from consulates, strong family, peer, and religious settings’ support) using the integration of resilience and social justice frameworks. This study showed that the nature of protective factors is not clear cut. The present study recommends additional culturally sensitive service and policy implications for preventing the long-term impact of mass crises among Hong Kong’s marginalized ethnic minorities.
|Publication status||Published - 23 Jun 2022|
|Event||International Symposium on Social Policy and Social Services Challenges in the Greater Bay Area - Lingnan University / Zoom , Hong Kong|
Duration: 23 Jun 2022 → 23 Jun 2022
|Symposium||International Symposium on Social Policy and Social Services Challenges in the Greater Bay Area|
|Period||23/06/22 → 23/06/22|
|Other||An International Symposium on Social Policy and Social Services Challenges in the Greater Bay Area will be held on 23 June 2022 in a hybrid and bilingual mode. The symposium is co-organised by the Asia Pacific Institute of Ageing Studies and Lingnan University-South China University of Technology Joint Research Centre for Greater Bay Area Social Policy and Governance, and is also supported by the School of Graduate Studies, Institute of Policy Studies, and Department of Sociology and Social Policy, Lingnan University.|
This International Symposium will be joined by a group of respected scholars worldwide to share their latest research and perspectives concerning social policy and social services challenges in Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area (GBA). The themes will be explored at the Symposium include 1) The GBA Development and Implications for Cities and Urban Governance and 2) Social Services Challenges in the GBA.