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ERIC Number: EJ974338
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
ISSN: ISSN-0192-513X
Fashioning the Reciprocal Norms of Elder Care: A Case of Immigrants in the United States and Their Parents in Taiwan
Sun, Ken C.
Journal of Family Issues, v33 n9 p1240-1271 Sep 2012
In this study, the author uses the changing practice of geriatric care within transnational Taiwanese families as a case to examine the processes through which a family ideology "travels," varies, and operates across worlds. Specifically, the author argues that family members across generations reconstruct "rules of reciprocity" to facilitate the application of ethnic traditions regarding aging and geriatric care in the context of family separation and dislocation. Through multi-sited field work in the United Sates and in Taiwan, the author underscores how, given the fact that many Taiwanese immigrants cannot provide physical care for their aging parents halfway around the world, they and their parents place more emphasis on the emotional and symbolic dimension of children's responsibilities for aging parents. Furthermore, this article highlights how the symbolic hierarchy between Taiwan and the United States complicates the emotional work that Taiwanese immigrants overseas and their parents in the homeland perform from a long distance. (Contains 3 tables and 7 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Taiwan; United States