Subcontracting Filial Piety

PEI-CHIA LAN
2002 Journal of Family Issues  
Journal of Family Issues 23(7): 812-835. 2002. Abstract Based on in-depth interviews with middle-class Taiwanese and Hong Kong immigrant families in California, I examine how the cultural meaning and social practice of filial care for aging parents have been transformed in the U.S. context. I analyze the commodification of elder care from three dimensions-where care takes places, who gives care, and who pays for care-and examine its impacts on Chinese family relations. Although
more » ... l cohabitation may have declined on foreign soil, the family remains the nexus of care networks and economic ties among Chinese immigrants. Through recruiting home care workers as fictive kin, immigrant adult children are able to maintain the cultural ideal of filial care. The receipt of public care among immigrant elders does not necessarily indicate the diminishment of family bonds, but reinforces kin connections as channels for circulating economic resources.
doi:10.1177/019251302236596 fatcat:okzylsy3ovehhfd5hla75cathy