Changing Family in Asia

Cluster Projects

1.
Project Name
An exploratory study on Singaporean divorcees from transnational marriages
 
Description
This project is interested to explore the divorce biographies of Singaporeans who have dissolved their transnational marriages with non-Singaporeans. The study examines unique challenges faced by transnational divorcees in the areas of navigating cross-border family legislative systems, and working out issues concerning property settlement, child custody, parent-child access and contact, child support, and maintenance of familial ties – all of which stretch across national boundaries. The findings of this project will not only inform our understanding on the experiences of Singaporean transnational divorcees but also of this social phenomenon of transnational divorce that is becoming more prominent and common in the global context.
 
Awarding Body
Ministry of Social and Family Development Family Research Fund
 
Investigator(s)
Sharon Quah Ee Ling
2.
Project Name
A Comparative Family Study Reading Group
 
Description
The reading group was initiated in the beginning of 2013 by the Changing Family in Asia cluster. The group gathers regularly every two weeks and welcomed anyone who is interested in reading about family research. The purpose of the group is to learn about research on family changes in various Asian societies, focusing on Southeast Asia, East Asia and South Asia though we read literature about families all over the world. We cover, but not limited to, the following topics, changing family formation patterns, such as rising marriage age, declining fertility and emerging of alternative family forms; transition to adulthood, aging trend and consequences, changing gender and intergenerational relations; and the interactions of the family with other social organizations (such as labor market, state, and school). Each member takes turns to lead a session. Readings go crossing disciplinary boundaries, including sociology, demography, economics, anthropology and psychology. We also discuss members’ working papers to provide comments for publications.
 
Group Administration
For anyone who is interested in joining the reading group, please feel free to contact Adam Ka Lok Chueng (arickl@nus.edu.sg), or Yingchun Ji (arijiy@nus.edu.sg) for more information.
3.
Project Name
Chinese Children’s Sociopsychological Development
 
Description
This project examines how Chinese children’s sociopsychological well-being is shaped by family structure, parental socioeconomic characteristics, parenting behavior, and peers.
 
Awarding Body
Singapura Investment Holdings Pte Ltd, with matching fund from the Singapore Ministry of Education
 
Investigator(s)
Jean Yeung Wei-Jun, Donald Treiman and Lu Yao
4.
Project Name
China’s Internal Migration, Family Relations, and Youth Development
 
Description
This project focuses on how China’s internal migration affects family dynamics between spouses, parent-child relationships, teenager’s educational experience, social skills and emotional well-being.
 
Awarding Body
Lippo Pte Limited, with matching fund from the Singapore Ministry of Education
 
Investigator(s)
Jean Yeung Wei-Jun
 
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5.
Project Name
Projecting Urbanization and City Growth
 
Description
This project aims to improve projection of city and urban populations. Findings of the study could contribute towards the establishment of a standardised measure of urbanisation. This will, in turn, have a fundamental impact on managing rapid urbanisation and the related problems in Asian cities.
 
Awarding Body
Global Asia Institute
 
Investigator(s)
Gavin Jones and Leontine Alkema
6.
Project Name
Economic Stress, Human Capital, and Families in Asia
 
Description
This project brings researchers, policy makers, and practitioners to examine the consequences of economic stress and the policy implications for human capital development and family well-being in Asia. The scope of this project goes beyond the impact of current financial crisis to include the effect of economic deprivation families experience as a result of marital dissolution, low-wage employment, or trying family events and circumstances such as illness or death of family members, or catastrophic natural calamities.
 
Awarding Body
National University of Singapore and Ministry of Community Development, Youth, and Sports
 
Investigator(s)
Jean Yeung Wei-Jun, Gavin Jones, Mui Teng Yap and Angelique Chan
7.
Project Name
Transitioning to Adulthood in Asia: Courtship, Marriage, and Work
 
Description
This project aims to understand “early adulthood” a distinct life stage that has emerged in the last several decades as the ending of adolescence has protracted and economic and psychological autonomy have taken longer to achieve for most young people now than half a century ago. We study early adulthood in distinct and diverse socioeconomic, demographic, cultural and policy contexts and the causes and consequences of trends in education, work and family formation.
 
Awarding Body
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Asia Research Institute, Ministry of Community Development, Youth, and Sports, National Population and Talent Division
 
Investigator(s)
Jean Yeung Wei-Jun and Cheryll Alipio
8.
Project Name
Shifting Boundaries of Care in Asia
 
Description
The project examines how the boundaries of care provision have shifted between the family, state, market, and voluntary sector over time and across different regions in Asia. We detail recent changes and reforms in care provision for the Asian elderly and young children from a variety of angles and explore the implications of these changes in care policies and practices for the economic development, the family institution, and social stratification by class and gender in Asia.
 
Awarding Body
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Asia Research Institute
 
Investigator(s)
Zhang Yanxia and Jean Yeung Wei-Jun
1.
Project Name
State Boundaries, Cultural Politics and Gender Negotiations in Commercially Arranged International Marriages in Singapore and Malaysia
 
Description
The aim of this project is to examine the phenomenon of international marriages in contemporary Singapore and Malaysia, focusing primarily on Chinese Singaporean and Malaysian men marrying Vietnamese and mainland Chinese women through commercial matchmaking agencies. A contrast will be provided by juxtaposing these marriages with (1) Indian Singaporean and Malaysian men marrying women from India through the traditional kinship networks, and (2) foreign migrant workers marrying citizens. The project will run for three years, from May 2008 to April 2011.
 
Awarding Body
Ministry of Education
 
Investigator(s)
Gavin Jones, Brenda Yeoh, Chee Heng Leng
2.
Project Name
Unmarried Crisis – the Rising Trend of Singlehood among Chinese Singaporeans
 
Description
This project attempts to understand the trend of increasing proportion of adults remaining single in Singapore and in China. Ethnographic work and national statistics will be used to understand factors that shape people’s decisions on family formation.
 
Awarding Body
Singapore’s Family Research Fund
 
Investigator(s)
Gavin Jones and Yanxia Zhang
3.
Project Name
Fatherhood in 21st Century Asia: Research, Interventions, and Policies
 
Description
This project will provide a platform for scholars and policy makers to discuss issues related to the trend, determinants, and consequences of father involvement, as well as policies and interventions that engage men in family lives in Asia. We aim to gain a better understanding about (1) the nature of Asian men’s diverse roles and challenges they face in becoming involved in their children’s lives, (2) diverse policies and practice-based interventions related to fatherhood in Asian countries.
 
Awarding Body
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, Faculty of Arts and Social Science, and Ministry of Community Development, Youth, and Sports
 
Investigator(s)
Jean Yeung Wei-Jun
4.
Project Name
"Study Mothers" in Singapore
 
Description
This project focuses on pei du ma ma ("study mothers") from China as part of a transnational family form in the context of Singapore's globalization.
 
Awarding Body
National University of Singapore
 
Investigator(s)
Shirlena Huang and Brenda Yeoh
5.
Project Name
Indonesian young adults facing the future
 
Description
This project focuses on changes in marriage in Southeast Asia and their relationship to poverty. The project consists of 6 sub-projects in Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, and is funded by the Ford Foundation, Indonesia. Although the project ended in September 2008, a book reporting on its findings is under production.
 
Awarding Body
Ford Foundation, Indonesia
 
Investigator(s)
Gavin Jones
6.
Project Name
Asian Marriage Research Network
 
Description
The Asian Marriage Research Network is composed of researchers who actively discuss current research issues taking place in the sphere of family and marriage.
 
Awarding Body
Asia Research Institute
 
Investigator(s)
Gavin Jones
7.
Project Name
Changing Marriage in Southeast Asia
 
Description
This project focuses on the behaviour, values and life situations of young adults between the ages of 20 and 34. Using quantitative and qualitative data collection approaches, it will assess how they deal with their sexuality, living arrangements, mobility, education and work, marriage relationships, family formation and personal human capital development. The project aims to determine the extent to which changes in lifestyle and the forces of globalisation are changing the sorts of choices young people are making. The project is being conducted in collaboration with the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute and the Centre for Health Research, University of Indonesia.
 
Awarding Body
Academic Research Fund, Singapore
 
Investigator(s)
Gavin Jones