Family and identity: Intersectionality in the lived experiences of second-generation entrepreneurs of Chinese origin in the Netherlands

Yidong Tao*, Caroline Essers, Roos Pijpers

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This article explores how second-generation entrepreneurs of Chinese origin in the Netherlands construct their multiple identities in the context of their families of origin, at the intersection of ethnicity, generation, and entrepreneurship. Based on the life stories of five second-generation Chinese Dutch entrepreneurs, this article shows the complex trajectories through which entrepreneurial identity, ethnic identity, and second generation come together. It expands the theoretical and empirical insights on how these children grow up in Chinese immigrant families and become entrepreneurs in Dutch society and how, on the way, they set up less traditional businesses. Hence, the article underlines the importance of considering generation as an identity marker for ethnic minority entrepreneurs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1152-1179
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of Small Business Management
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Ethnic minority entrepreneurship
  • identity
  • intersectionality
  • second generation

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