Psychological wellbeing in diaspora space: a study of African economic migrants in Hong Kong

Padmore Adusei AMOAH*, Adwoa Owusuaa KODUAH, Uchechi Shirley ANADUAKA, Evelyn Aboagye ADDAE, Getrude Dadirai GWENZI, Afua AMANKWAA

*Corresponding author for this work

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African migrants in Hong Kong and the rest of Greater China are often confronted with numerous social and economic constraints. Notwithstanding, extant studies have not adequately examined how these challenges affect the psychological wellbeing of Hong Kong’s African economic migrants specifically. Using a qualitative research design underpinned by the concept of diaspora space, this article discusses the social aspects of psychological wellbeing among African economic migrants in Hong Kong. Specifically, it shows how the attitudes of local Hong Kongers (本地人) towards African economic migrants affect the psychological distress of the African migrants. The locals' attitudes influenced the Africans' psychological distress in three non-exclusive ways, namely confusion of personal and social identity (identity as black people); perceived discrimination; and difficulty in forming lasting relationships with the locals. The findings are discussed within the broader discourse of diasporic migration and wellbeing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)542-559
Number of pages18
JournalAsian Ethnicity
Issue number4
Early online date3 Jun 2020
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2020


  • African economic migrants
  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • diaspora space
  • psychological wellbeing
  • social identity
  • social networks


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