Experiencing Grandparenthood

An Asian Perspective

  • Kalyani K. Mehta
  • Leng Leng Thang

Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 47)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Kalyani K. Mehta, Leng Leng Thang
    Pages 1-19
  3. Tsuneo Usui, Mari Tsuruwaka
    Pages 21-45
  4. Vivian W. Q. Lou, Iris Chi
    Pages 47-59
  5. Leng Leng Thang
    Pages 61-75
  6. Peerasit Kamnuansilpa, Leng Leng Thang
    Pages 95-107
  7. Zhen Cong, Merril Silverstein
    Pages 109-127
  8. Leng Leng Thang, Kalyani K. Mehta
    Pages 145-157
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 159-163

About this book


As the population of Asia grows older, attention turns to the growing numbers of grandparents, and the important family and societal roles they play. This book traces the socio-cultural, economic and family transformations in the role of grandparents that result from a century of modernization, urbanization and demographic aging.


Filling a gap in the current literature, Experiencing Grandparenthood: An Asian Perspective seeks to answer such vital questions as: What is the state of grandparenting in the Asian context today? How do the roles and functions of grandparents differ depending on rural-urban differences, their relations with daughters and daughters-in-law, and changing health of the grandparents?


This multidisciplinary, cross-national and inter-generational publication lends voice to the experience of grandparents in China, Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. The volume’s strength lies in its rich body of qualitative, three-generational data drawn from grandparents, link parents and grandchildren. Experiencing Grandparenthood: An Asian Perspective will benefit gerontologists, social researchers, anthropologists, social workers, policy makers, professionals working with aging families and family caregivers.


Ageing discourse Asia Filial Piety Grandparenthood Grandparenting Intergenerational Relations Life Course Perspective Solidarity Well-Being

Editors and affiliations

  • Kalyani K. Mehta
    • 1
  • Leng Leng Thang
    • 2
  1. 1.Gerontology Programme, Human Development and Social ServicesUniversity of SIMSingaporeSingapore
  2. 2.Dept. Japanese StudiesNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore

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