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    Asians ditch identities in hunt for jobs
    By Lincoln Tan
    4:00 AM Saturday Apr 3, 2010

    Desperate job-seeking Asians are not only taking on Anglicised first names but also officially ditching their traditional surnames for European-sounding ones in the hope that will help them find work in New Zealand.

    One Chinese woman even changed her name to Brenda Jones in an attempt to get a job interview in the tough economic climate.

    About 21,000, or 9.2 per cent, of the Asian population are without jobs, and experts say their foreign-sounding names have contributed to their unemployment woes.

    Massey University researcher Paul Spoonley says New Zealand employers, especially in small and medium-sized businesses, tend to eliminate Asian applicants very early in the process through surname discrimination.

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    I would never change my family name to find a job. Its like losing your tradition and family values to live in a new country. While i understand how the employer might have felt about recruiting chinese, but it really worries me.

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    Jobless tell of Asian shut-out
    By Lincoln Tan
    4:00 AM Saturday Apr 17, 2010

    Unemployed New Zealand Europeans say they are being shut out of jobs at Asian-owned businesses and franchises by employers who only employ other Asians.

    "Migrants cry racism when they cannot get a job here. Well, if that's racism, then this is clearly reverse racism," said Leonard Brown, a redundant sales rep who had been seeking jobs in ethnic papers.

    "I've sent out dozens of CVs, and none of them even reply."

    Dan Hardy, a Massey University student, said: "I've tried gaining part-time work and have been given the cold shoulder by migrant businesses.

    "If our future is Asian, then do Pakeha have a future if Asians do business only with Asians?"

    A Massey University study, entitled "Bamboo Networks" found most Chinese employers in Auckland hired Chinese employees.

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