Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology

, Volume 30, Issue 3, pp 319–331 | Cite as

Caring from Afar: Asian H1B Migrant Workers and Aging Parents

  • Yeon-Shim Lee
  • Anoshua Chaudhuri
  • Grace J. Yoo


With the growth in engineering/technology industries, the United States has seen an increase in the arrival of highly skilled temporary migrant workers on H1B visas from various Asian countries. Limited research exists on how these groups maintain family ties from afar including caring for aging parents. This study explores the experiences and challenges that Asian H1B workers face when providing care from a distance. A total of 21 Chinese/Taiwanese, Korean, and Indian H1B workers participated in in-depth qualitative interviews. Key findings indicate that despite distance, caring relationships still continue through regular communications, financial remittances, and return visits, at the same time creating emotional, psychological, and financial challenges for the workers. Findings highlight the need for further research in understanding how the decline of aging parent’s health impacts the migrants’ adjustment and health in the United States.


Asian H1B migration Care provision Financial/Psychological distress Transnational caregiving 



The data used in the study was collected with support from San Francisco State University Faculty Public Policy Research Seed Grants. The authors are grateful to Asian H1B migrant workers who participated in this study, as well as our research assistants, Tammy Yu and Jonathan Lee, for their valuable assistance.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yeon-Shim Lee
    • 1
  • Anoshua Chaudhuri
    • 2
  • Grace J. Yoo
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Social WorkSan Francisco State UniversitySan FranciscoUSA
  2. 2.Department of EconomicsSan Francisco State UniversitySan FranciscoUSA
  3. 3.Department of Asian American StudiesSan Francisco State UniversitySan FranciscoUSA

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