Families in Asia: Home and Kin by Stella Quah

By Stella Quah

Families in Asia offers a special sociological research of relatives traits in Asia.

Stella R. Quah makes use of demographic and survey information, own interviews and case reviews from China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam to supply a wide-ranging comparative research of kin traits and the position of the kingdom and social coverage.

Focusing at the so much proper and critical points of kinfolk and relatives, chapters comprise:

Concepts and study developments

Family forming



Gender roles in households

Marriage breakdown

The impression of Socio-economic development

This new version has been up to date and multiplied all through and contains new fabric on dowry, singlehood, adoption, the transformation of the senior iteration, alterations in kinfolk courts and the function of the kingdom in kinfolk wellbeing.

Families in Asia would be the ideal significant other for college students and students alike who're drawn to relatives sociology, public and social coverage, and Asian society and tradition extra broadly.


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It appears that the financial commitment or guarantee – or ‘marriage finance’ – was a feature of aristocratic families and changed emphasis over time from favouring the families 28 Forming and extending families who gave daughters in matrimony during the Han dynasty to favouring husbands in the Song dynasty. Beyond the preservation of aristocratic standing, the practice also served as a possible instrument of social mobility. Parents of lower social status who wished to marry their son into a higher status family could offer ‘extremely generous betrothal gifts’ to the intended bride’s family (2002: 65).

They are converging towards a common pattern of later marriages among Singaporeans: grooms are still older than brides but the ethnic and religious differences in the actual age at marriage seen thirty years ago are diminishing (1998: 88–89) and the timing of marriage continues its upward trend among both men and women irrespective of their ethnicity or religious affiliation in Singapore (1998: 35–44). Unfortunately, there are no comparative data on ethnicity and religion for all Asian countries or even for the ten countries in this study.

Young Japanese prefer a ren’ai (romantic love) marriage. A marriage may be seen as ren’ai if the couple fall in love irrespective of the circumstances that brought them together, that is, whether they met on their own or were introduced by parents, friends or matchmakers (Edwards, 1989: 53–58); but if parents assist with a miai kekkon (arranged marriage) their style is subtler than that of commercial matchmakers. Parents may request a mediator, usually a friend of the family, to recommend a suitable partner and a background check is conducted discreetly.

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