Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Social Work


Sociology, Industrial and Labor Relations.


Ehrentraut, A.




The primary objectives of this research were to (1) examine perceptions of the Chinese graduate students from mainland China, at the University of Windsor, about the openness of the Canadian occupational structure; and (2) examine the factors that contribute and shape these perceptions. In order to understand the characteristics of the perceptions about Canada formed after the subjects have resided in Canada for a while, the perceptions about Canada as imagined prior to their arrival and perceptions about China were also examined. It is argued that the results of the research show that the willingness and the ability to interact with members of the host society have highly significant implications in the process of migrants' adaptation. The different level of interaction with the host society, either interpreted as the willingness to adapt or as the ability to adapt, indicates the importance of individual tributes in the eventual occupational attainment of immigrants. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1993 .B34. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 32-06, page: 1569. Adviser: Adolf Ehrentraut. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1993.