International Workshop on Long Term Elderly Care

Date: 14-15 July 2016 (Thursday & Friday)
Venue: G7619, Yeung Kin Man Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong
Organiser: Global China Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Language: English

Overseas and local guests with rich experiences in this theme are invited to this international workshop.

Aim and Scope

What can Hong Kong learn from the international and regional policy experiences and practices of elderly care? This workshop aims to explore the merits and problems of the distinct models of elderly care from Western countries and Eastern regions. Presentations will be both theoretically laden and empirically solid, in relation to various dimensions of elderly care in contemporary ageing society.


Heated debates on elderly care roil rapidly aging societies around the world, including Hong Kong, mainland China, and Taiwan. Debate participants with different perspectives do not agree with one another and do not try to convince others. We aim to propose a SPPR project to overcome this impasse and build a policy consensus on elderly care for the debates. Our strategy is to conduct a comparative study of the relevancy of familism, institutionalism, and communitarianism in the three Chinese societies, from which we will propose a realistic approach for policy making in elderly care in Chinese societies in general and in Hong Kong in particular. However, there is little published research on the three Chinese societies to serve as our starting point and reference. We thus have decided to hold a workshop to learn from our international and regional Co-Is about the dominant perspectives, merits, and problems of elderly care in their respective countries and regions. We will then be able to improve our research design, objectives and methods and complete a grant application before the SPPR submission deadline in late July 2016. We understand that the six Western countries from which our international Co-Is come hold different dominant perspectives and promote distinct elderly care models: Israel is famously familist, the US, UK and Germany are communitarian, and Sweden and Australia are transforming their institutionalist models into the practice of ageing in place. In addition, although the three Chinese societies remain quite familist, each upholds certain distinctive features that can be integrated into a SPPR project. We accordingly chose Co-Is (international) and Co-Is (regional) for the workshop and as our project collaborators. The workshop will be an opportunity for us to compare relevant issues in different societies along with international experts in the field. The comparative study in turn will help us understand the merits and relevancy of each of the three perspectives for policy making in elderly care in Hong Kong. This way, we will be able to improve, strengthen and finalize our application.

Participants & Affiliated Institutions

(in alphabetical order)

Affiliated Institutions

Ho-mun Chan

Department of Public Policy, City University of Hong Kong

Mark J. Cherry

Editor, The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy; Department of Philosophy, St. Edward’s University

Esther Chow

Department of Applied Social Sciences, City University of Hong Kong

Ruiping Fan (Convener)

Department of Public Policy, City University of Hong Kong

Suzanne Hodgkin

College of Science, Health and Engineering, La Trobe University

Yu-shuang Hsiao

Jerry Elderly Care Center, Taiwan

Lennarth Johansson

Aging Research Center Karolinska Institute and Stockholm University

Yoshiko Someya

Graduate School of Seirei Christopher University

Simon Yung Yau

Department of Public Policy, City University of Hong Kong

Shu-hui Yeh

Institute of Long-Term Care, Mackay Medical University

Lawrence Yung

Department of Public Policy, City University of Hong Kong

Xiaowei Zang

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, City University of Hong Kong

Xiaoling Zhang

Department of Public Policy, City University of Hong Kong

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