[CCCN Seminar Series]The Dynamics of Caregiving in Singapore Family: A Comparative Perspective(募集は終了しました)


[Speaker] Associate Professor Thang Leng Leng
       Department of Japanese Studies, National University of Singapore

8 March 2010, 10:30-12:00
[Venue] Room 422, Lecture Building
Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

Map: http://www.tufs.ac.jp/info/map-and-contact.html

In the present Singapore, three-generational household is prevalent, where the child(ren) is/are looked after by the grandparent(s) while the parents are going to work. This kind of multigenerational living signifies the local notion of care circle, where the grandparents and parents exchange the roles of caregivers and care recipients over the lifespan of the family. Further, the presence of foreign domestic workers (FDWs) complicate this circle as "an extra pair of hands".

Then, how do grandparents and parents attempt to negotiate their relationships by setting limits to, or showing ambivalence in their care roles? To what extent do the FDWs facilitate, or cause friction to intergenerational relations as a pseudo family member? Moreover, how does the state intervene the local notions of gender, family and the mode of elderly care?

Prof Thang will share the stories on her ongoing research in Singapore, by providing comparative insights on Japanese case where relevant. Her first book "Generations in Touch (Cornell Univ Press, 2001)" discussed a multigenerational care institution in Tokyo named "Kotoen", in which she examined the significance of "care reciprocity" - that the elders' role as care providers to nursery children activated their lives as care recipients.

This is an informal meeting for young (and not-so-young) scholars to exchange the ideas freely regarding broader reproductive work issues in an intra-Asian context. We will welcome 10 more participants to this meeting, due to limited venue size. If you are interested to join us, please RSVP by email sawai.shiho.dpf@tufs.ac.jp with your name, affiliation and field of interest.

For further discussion details, check out the website:

Cross Cultural Care Network (CCCN)
The Mini-research Project
The Center for Multilingual Multicultural Education and Research (CEMMER)
Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

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日時: 2009年12月23日