Exploring the role of community cultural wealth in university access for minority students

Fang Gao, Bob Adamson

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Ethnic minority students—often descendants of earlier waves of immigrants from neighbouring South and Southeast Asian countries—have been under-represented in enrolment in higher education in Hong Kong. In addressing low university/college-enrolment, traditionally under-represented students’ family and community are considered deficit and under-resourced, and their inherent values and strengths remain unrecognised and less-explored. This study employed the community cultural wealth framework to highlight the various forms of capital existing within the families and communities of 15 South/Southeast Asian university students that had allowed them to navigate university predisposition, search and choice processes. The findings of this study unveil the diversity and richness of capital within non-dominant communities that have limited access to capital, normalised within hegemonic and oppressive educational institutions and call for researchers and educators to legitimise and utilise the community resources for widening university attendance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)916-929
Number of pages14
JournalBritish Journal of Sociology of Education
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 13 May 2022


  • Hong Kong
  • South and Southeast Asian minorities
  • University access
  • capital
  • community cultural wealth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science


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