My Doctoral Journey: A Chinese Woman's Struggles

Chung Yee Zenobia Chan

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Now that the author has finished her doctoral thesis in social welfare but has not yet taken her oral examination, she wants to share the experience of her struggles in the past 3 years of nonstop studying. The completion of her studies motivated her to reveal her experiences as a Chinese woman who had been a housewife for 6 years before she entered the doctoral program. This was really a critical turning point for her in changing her social identity from a woman who was locked in the family domain to a female elite who could be accepted in the academic domain. However, then as now, she is filled with a strong passion for expressing women's voices, has a commitment to social justice, and is inspired to add to the knowledge base in her field.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)479-484
Number of pages6
JournalAffilia - Journal of Women and Social Work
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Chinese woman
  • Doctoral study
  • Hong Kong
  • Social work

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Gender Studies


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