1st Edition

Ageing in Asia-Pacific Interdisciplinary and Comparative Perspectives

    308 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    308 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    In the coming decades, challenges and risks associated with rapid population ageing will be paramount in Asia-Pacific. Examining key trends, dilemmas and developments with reference to specific nations, the book draws conclusions and policy recommendations that apply to Asia-Pacific as a whole. Individual chapters focus on the impact of population ageing, along with urbanization and industrialization, on the lives of people in the region. The book shows how leaders in Asia-Pacific – political, community and others – need to respond to changes in family and social structures, disease pathology, gender roles, income security, the care of older citizens and the provision of social and health welfare.

    1. The Impacts of the Demographic Transition in Asia Pacific (Thomas R. Klassen, Masa Higo, Nopraenue S. Dhirathiti and Theresa W. Devasahayam)

    2. Ageing and Old Age in Modern Society (Masa Higo)

    3. Asia-Pacific and Global Population Ageing (David Phillips)

    4. The Changing Face of the Older Population in Urban and Rural China (Yang Cheng, Jie Yu and Mark W. Rosenberg)

    5. Women and Gender Ideology in Ageing Korea (Yunjeong Yang)

    6. Ageing Policies in Taiwan: Recent Achievements and Unresolved Challenges (Tsung-hsi Fu)

    7. Growing Old in Hong Kong: Responding to an Increasingly Frail Population (Joelle H. Fong)

    8. Current Laws, Policies and Practices for Older Persons in Viet Nam (Vu Ngoc Binh)

    9. Growing Old in Singapore: Workings of the Many Helping Hands Policy Approach (Leng Leng Thang and Johan Suen)

    10. Population Ageing and Old Age in Malaysia: The Changing Role of the Family and Major Challenges Ahead (Wan Ibrahim Wan Ahmad)

    11. Ageing, the Elderly and Social Change in Bangladesh (Anwar Islam)

    12. Preparedness for Old-age Income Security and Support of the Thai Pre-elderly (Chalermpol Chamchan)

    13. Culture, Changes and Ageing Population: An Overview of the Situation of Older Persons in Myanmar (Ne Lynn Aung)

    14. Caregiving of Older Adults in Nepal: Urbanization, Modernization, and Globalization (Ramraj Gautam)

    15. Australia’s Baby Boomers as the Future Older Generation (Kate O’loughlin, Helen Barrie and Hal Kendig)

    16. Social Environment and Positive Ageing in New Zealand (Fiona Alpass and Brendan Stevenson)

    17. Policy Challenges and Recommendations (Nopraenue S. Dhirathiti)


    Thomas R. Klassen is Professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration at York University in Toronto, Canada. He has published widely in income security and retirement in Asia and North America. He is co-editor, among other books, of the Routledge Handbook of Global Public Policy and Administration (2017) and author of Retirement in Canada (2013).

    Masa Higo is Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan. His research focuses on retirement reforms from a global perspective. He is co-editor of Retirement in Japan and South Korea: The past, the present and the future of mandatory retirement (Routledge 2015).

    Nopraenue S. Dhirathiti is Associate Professor and Acting Vice President for International Relations and Corporate Social Communication at Mahidol University, Thailand. Her current research interests are lifelong learning policy for the elderly people, co-production of public services and the elderly housing.

    Theresa W. Devasahayam is Associate Lecturer at Singapore University of Social Sciences where she teaches courses on gender, ethnicity and diversity, medical sociology and Southeast Asian Societies. She has conducted extensive research and published widely on women’s health, ageing, transnational labour migration, women and food security, and women’s political participation. She has a PhD in Anthropology with a concentration in feminist studies from Syracuse University, New York, US.