Art in health and identity: visual narratives of older Chinese immigrants to New Zealand

Li, Wendy Wen (2012) Art in health and identity: visual narratives of older Chinese immigrants to New Zealand. Arts & Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice, 4 (2). pp. 109-123.

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Abstract

This paper explores older Chinese immigrants visual narratives on the value and impact of paintings beyond aesthetic merit and the role art plays in their health, wellbeing and identity construction. Immigration to a new culture in old age gives rise to experiences of biographical disruption and status-discrepancy, which often invokes isolation, anxiety, and a sense of dislocation and loss. Findings reveal that art-making aids the participants in addressing biographical disruption and status-discrepancy and appreciating the richness of multiplicities of the self. Art also positively influences the participants health and wellbeing when they live in a new culture in their later lives.

Item ID: 18422
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1753-3023
Keywords: art, health, identity, visual narrative, culture, older Chinese immigrant
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2011 01:48
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing @ 40%
17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology @ 30%
17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology @ 30%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920502 Health Related to Ageing @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920503 Health Related to Specific Ethnic Groups @ 50%
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