Who Should Care for the Elderly?: An East-West Value Divide by William Liu, Hai Kendig, Hal Kendig

By William Liu, Hai Kendig, Hal Kendig

This selection of papers has arisen from the assumption that cultural figuring out could be complex through contrasting the paintings of students who proportion educational issues yet paintings from varied cultural vantage-points. Divided into sections - the Western standpoint and the japanese standpoint - the contributions learn the problems surrounding the care of the aged.

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Both Japan and Taiwan have shown a mixed bag of both modernisation and family based elder care policy. Singapore's successful programme of the Central Provident Fund, which was designed to put the emphasis of an ageing policy on the individual through a compulsory personal savings scheme (see Mehta's paper, this volume), is nonetheless fully loaded with the value of filial piety, which enables the "middle generation" to take care of both the parental generation when money is needed for caregiving, and their children's needs for education.

Survey research has taken quite a different path in attempting to adapt Western instruments (through rigorous processes of translation and back translation). 4 In our view, there is much to be gained from studies conducted by researchers from within their own cultures who also have a strong appreciation of other cultural perspectives as well. While all these are new ways to dissect the various components of research on caregiving in societies with different social values, more studies with rigorous research design are needed, especially in the East where only a few studies are in print, to further elucidate a complex social process of caregiving.

Some will say that the person with all the parental survivors has good fortune. The example is extreme, of course, but it is formulated to illustrate the principle. ) Let us take as another example the situation that appears to be modal for industrialized nations at this time with regard to family structure. Suppose we have a couple who marry young and are the only children of relatively young parents. The young couple establishes their own household. Then, with life expectations being what they are, suppose fifty years pass.

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