Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/10356/162522
Title: Ethnic minority professionals' experiences in Singapore's multicultural workplaces
Authors: Zainal, Humairah
Keywords: Science::Medicine
Issue Date: 2022
Source: Zainal, H. (2022). Ethnic minority professionals' experiences in Singapore's multicultural workplaces. Social Identities, 28(2), 217-231. https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13504630.2021.2002684
Journal: Social Identities
Abstract: Studies on inter-ethnic relations at the workplace have largely focused on racism, discrimination and microaggressions against ethnic minority groups. Drawing on findings from semi-structured interviews with 25 ethnic minority citizen professionals in Singapore’s workplaces, this article extends the current literature on inter-ethnic dynamics at workplaces in two main ways. First, by examining the day-to-day experiences of minorities, it lends empirical flesh to the concept of ‘Chinese privilege’, which has mostly been discussed at the conceptual and macro levels of policy and politics. After all, unlike racism, which entails active discrimination, and microaggressions, which involve indirect insults, the manifestations of privilege are much more subtle. Second, this article interrogates the ways in which ethnic minorities negotiate their relationships with their locally born Chinese majority colleagues at the workplace. It argues that a comprehensive approach to analysing ‘ethnic privilege’ should also encompass a study of the everyday dimension of majority-minority relations. This article bears important implications for the improvement of inter-ethnic relations at the workplace, in particular, in informal professional settings and ‘hidden’ encounters where it is often challenging to legislate inclusive policies.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10356/162522
ISSN: 1350-4630
DOI: 10.1080/13504630.2021.2002684
Rights: © 2021 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. All rights reserved.
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