The Influence of Family Cultural Capital on Employment Intention of Chinese International Students in Thailand: The Mediating Role of Parents’ Educational Expectations

In 2022, the number of people taking the postgraduate examination in China will reach 4.57 million, while only 1.1 million graduate students will be enrolled. Compared with the fierce domestic competition, studying abroad is increasingly popular with Chinese parents. Thailand, on the other hand, has become a popular country for studying abroad with its low cost and good Chinese cultural atmosphere. The purpose of this study is to investigate the influence of family cultural capital on employment intentions of Chinese international students in Thailand: the relationship between the mediating role of parents’ educational expectations.

This paper uses the questionnaire survey method to conduct the research, a total of 344 valid questionnaires were recovered. this paper conducts descriptive statistical analysis, correlation analysis, intermediary effect test, etc., and draws the main conclusions: in Thailand, Chinese students’ family cultural capital has a significant positive impact on employment intention, family cultural capital has a significant positive impact on parents’ educational expectation, and parents’ educational expectation has a significant positive impact on employment intention, Parents’ Educational Expectation has intermediary effect between family cultural capital and employment intention.

Based on the existing research results, it is suggested to attach importance to the construction of family cultural capital and improve the gap between different families’ cultural capital. Appropriately control the educational expectations of parents and appropriately reduce the burden on students.

Keywords: Chinese students studying in Thailand; Family cultural capital; Parents’ educational expectations; Employment intention