Shifting Selves in Migration: home, ageing in place and well-being

Li, Wendy Wen (2013) Shifting Selves in Migration: home, ageing in place and well-being. Central Compilation & Translation Press, Beijing, China.

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Abstract

Older Chinese immigrants are one of the largest ethnic ageing groups in New Zealand. However, older Chinese people’s everyday experiences of settling in a new and unfamiliar environment have been largely overlooked. This book explores the biographies, identities and everyday experiences of filial piety among older Chinese immigrants. Particular consideration is given to the role of filial piety in participants' housing and ageing experiences. The book is one of the first explorations of Chinese immigrant ageing in place, which also considers changing enactments of filial piety. The research is informed by a hybrid narrative approach that draws on episodic, go-along and fangtan interview techniques used with 32 older Chinese immigrants in Auckland and Hamilton. The book demonstrates the importance of considering how ageing occurs beyond physical spaces and within cultural, social, relational and imagined landscapes. The analysis shifts away from the focus in existing literature on how older Chinese immigrants are passively transformed into minority subjects to how they are transforming themselves through migration and their efforts to age well in New Zealand.

Research Statement

Research Background The proportion of those in older age groups continues to increase among the world’s population. Because ageing is universal and inevitable, it is tempting for some of us to assume that experiences of “older age” are the same for everyone. This book takes the stance that while many aspects of older age are shared, issues of culture, social class, place and ethnicity clearly shape our experiences and situations in life. People can age differently. This is particularly the case for those who migrate in later life from one cultural context to another.
Research Contribution This research is one of the first explorations of Chinese immigrant ageing in place, which also considers changing enactments of filial piety. The research is informed by a hybrid narrative approach that draws on episodic, go-along and fangtan interview techniques. The book shifts away from the focus in existing literature on how older Chinese immigrants are passively transformed into minority subjects to how they are transforming themselves through migration and their efforts to age well in New Zealand.
Research Significance This book offers new ways of understanding the dynamics of ageing in little-known Chinese migrant communities in contemporary, Western societies. Using an innovative, indigenous approach to narrative interviewing, the author provides a compelling case study of ageing and home-making experiences of older Chinese people who have migrated to New Zealand in their later lives. The study highlights positive ways in which older Chinese immigrants age, adapt cultural practices and transform their selves and identities.
Item ID: 29888
Item Type: Book (Research - A1)
ISBN: 978-7-5117-1778-8
Keywords: ageing in place, immigrant, filial piety, Chinese, Fangtan, narrative, visual narrative, culture, go-along interview
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Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2013 23:24
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing @ 30%
17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology @ 50%
17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology @ 20%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920413 Social Structure and Health @ 20%
92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920502 Health Related to Ageing @ 40%
92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920503 Health Related to Specific Ethnic Groups @ 40%
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