Tuesday, November 24, 2015

[Upcoming Seminar] Aging Across Borders: How Older Taiwanese Immigrants and Returnees Manage Care In Daily Lives

Aging Across Borders: How Older Taiwanese Immigrants and Returnees Manage Care In Daily Lives

Speaker: Ken Chih-Yan SUN (Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Hong Kong Baptist University)
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 pm, 27 Nov 2015 (Friday)  
Venue: Room 401, Humanities Building, New Asia College, CUHK


Dr. Sun's research examines aging in Asia and Asian America by comparing the lived experiences of older Taiwanese immigrants with those of aging returnees to Taiwan. He argues that the changing contextual forces involved in the process of international migration and aging inspire, push, and even require older immigrants and returnees to reconstruct their understandings of race, ethnicity, gender, and social membership when managing various forms of care in their later lives. Sun highlights a variety of ways in which older Taiwanese Americans—including both immigrants and returnees—critically interpret and creatively apply concepts of tradition, assimilation, and modernization in order to address life transitions and to respond to socio-cultural and generational changes in both a national and transnational context.

Ken Chih-Yan Sun received his Ph.D. in sociology from Brandeis University. He is currently working as an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Hong Kong Baptist University. Before arriving to Hong Kong, he taught at the College of William and Mary, and worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Nanyang Technological University and Academia Sinica. Dr. Sun published his works in Journal of Marriage and Family, Global Networks, Sociological Forum, Journal of Family Issues, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Sociology Compass, Norwegian American Studies, Mass Communication Research, and Chinese Journal of Communication Research. His research areas include migration, families, race/ethnicity, gender, and aging and life course studies. He is currently writing a book on aging and transnationalism.


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