Food-Related Household Work and Learning Among New Chinese Immigrant Women


This presentation explores the gendered and cultural dimensions of household work, and examines the experiences of Chinese immigrant women in Toronto. Analysis shows that household work changes over the life course, and that Chinese immigrant women experience a lack of social support, economic capacity, and increase in household labour upon settlement in Toronto. For non-white immigrant women, time spent cooking and taking care of children within the home has increased since 1990. This study provides insight into Chinese women’s experiences, indicating that there is a dramatic increase in their household activities, and that they face challenges with regards to learning new ways of purchasing and preparing food after settling in Toronto.


Willa Lichun Liu, “Food-related Household Work and Learning Among New Chinese Immigrant Women” Food For Talk Seminar Series, Ryerson University. Toronto, ON: Ryerson, University, Oct. 2007.