Ageing in East Asia

Challenges and Policies for the Twenty-First Century

Edited by Tsung-hsi Fu, Rhidian Hughes

© 2009 – Routledge

204 pages

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About the Book

Ageing populations present considerable challenges to welfare states internationally, and East Asia is no exception. Demographics show that countries in East Asia either have the highest proportion of older people, or the speed at which their population is ageing is faster than anywhere else in the world. This book explores the causes and trends of population ageing in eight countries, and discusses the challenges and impacts of population ageing on public policies. East Asian countries have developed new policies to meet older people’s needs – across health, social care, income maintenance, employment and housing.

Ageing in East Asia provides the first comprehensive introduction to ageing policies in East Asian countries. The book:

  • explores causes and trends of population ageing
  • discusses the challenges and impacts of population ageing on public policies
  • examines the important strategic and theoretical policy contexts of ageing policies in East Asian countries
  • covers eight East Asian countries in dedicated chapters: examining Japan, China, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.

This volume brings East Asian countries clearly into focus, and illuminates the state of welfare development internationally. It provides an important resource for lecturers, students, researchers and policy makers with interest in East Asia, older people and welfare policy.

Table of Contents

List of plates, figures, maps and tables. List of contributors. List of abbreviations. Foreword - Michael Hill. Chapter 1. Introduction: Challenges to population ageing in East Asia - Tsung-hsi Fu and Rhidian Hughes. Chapter 2. Perspectives on Ageing in East Asia: The Embeddedness of Institutions - Shih-Jiunn Shi and Yeun-wen Ku. Chapter 3. Older People’s Income Security in China: The Challenges of Population Ageing - Hsiao-hung Nancy Chen and Tsung-hsi Fu. Chapter 4. Ageing in Japan: Family Changes and Policy Developments- Michihiko Tokoro. Chapter 5. Old-Age Security in Korea: The Strengthened Role of the State? - Gyu-Jin Hwang. Chapter 6. Population ageing and social policy in Taiwan - Tsung-hsi Fu and Pau-Ching Lu. Chapter 7. Retirement income protection in Hong Kong - Kee-Lee Chou. Chapter 8. Ageing in Singapore: Policy Challenges and Innovations - Angelique Chan. Chapter 9. Ageing in Malaysia: Progress and Prospects - Fon Sim Ong, David R Phillips and Tengku Aizan Hamid. Chapter 10. Ageing in Thailand: Challenges and Policy Responses - Nongluck Pussayapibul, Samrit Srithamrongsawat and Kanitta Bundhamcharoen. Index.

About the Editors

Tsung-hsi Fu is Assistant Professor at the Department of Social Work, National Taiwan Univerity.

Rhidian Hughes is Visiting Senior Lecturer at King’s College, London.

About the Series

Comparative Development and Policy in Asia

The primary aim of this series is to publish original, high quality, research level work, by both new and established scholars in the West and East, on all aspects of development and policy in Asia. 

The scope of the series is broad, and aims to cover both comparative and single country studies, including work from a range of disciplines.  With particular reference to how Asian states have coped with the growing challenges of globalising economies and the ways in which national governments in Asia have changed their public policy strategies and governance models in order to sustain further economic growth, the series will bring together development studies, and public policy and governance analysis, and will cover subjects such as: economic development; governance models; the factors underpinning the immense economic achievements of different countries; the social, political, cultural, and environmental implications of economic restructuring; public policy reforms; technological and educational innovation; international co-operation; and the fate and political impact of people who have been excluded from the growth.  The series will include both empirical material and comparative analysis; and both single authored books and edited collections.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
SOC006000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Demography
SOC008000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOC026000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General