UNCOVERING THE HIDDEN TREASURES AND STRENGTHS: CONTRIBUTIONS OF AGING CHINESE IN CANADA

Daniel W. L. Lai, Cynthia Lee Andruske

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Abstract

Research findings on elderly immigrant populations tend to focus on health and physical challenges and adjustment difficulties after immigration. This results in misunderstandings about contributions, leading society to see aging immigrants as burdensome and needy, rather than as productive and contributing citizens. This study examines the contributions of aging Chinese residing in 7 cities in Canada by conducting in-depth qualitative interviews with 88 Chinese older adults. Five areas of contributions emerged, including helping the family, volunteering and fundraising, caring for oneself, civic engagement, and generativity, with each including sub themes. Overall, these Chinese older adults lead rich and independent lives, as they felt that they contributed to their families, community, and society, as well as enhancing their own lives and those of others.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-96
Number of pages26
JournalInternational Journal of Sociology of the Family
Volume40
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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