Welfare state without dependency: The case of the UK Chinese people

Chak Kwan CHAN, Bankole COLE, Graham BOWPITT

Research output: Journal PublicationsJournal Article (refereed)peer-review


The present study was based on data from 100 face-to-face interviews, supplemented by findings from 316 respondents in a national postal survey, and shows that UK Chinese respondents were family-orientated and self-reliant, having low expectations of public welfare. These features challenge the myth of welfare dependency of ethnic minorities. Also, compared with Chinese welfare practices based on strong moral values and duties towards other people, New Labour's welfare culture lacks a solid social and ethical base for nurturing the concepts of duty and self-reliance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)503-514
Number of pages12
JournalSocial Policy and Society
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2007
Externally publishedYes


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