Injustice in family care of the Chinese elderly in Hong Kong

Raymond Ngan*, William Wong

*Corresponding author for this work

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With increasing longevity, family care of the Chinese elderly in Hong Kong is evolving as a "caring trap" for female caregivers, especially unmarried daughters. Despite this, as Hong Kong is still a patriarchal Chinese society, most of the major decisions affecting the destiny of frail elders are made by sons or other male members of the family. The unequal gender roles, obligations, and division of caregiving responsibilities within the Chinese family and their effects on the caring relationship are discussed. Implications of this injustice based on gender regarding family care of the elderly and the possibility of its elimination are examined.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-94
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Aging and Social Policy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jan 1996
Externally publishedYes

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Demography
  • Gerontology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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