In recent decades, ageing has become one of the world’s most pressing issues, especially in highly developed countries like Japan and the UK. In addition, the pressures of globalization and migration are making ageing an increasingly intercultural process. Those who cross social and cultural borders eventually grow old and experience a series of losses in physical strength, social utility or family relationships in an intercultural context. In a multicultural society like the UK, many elderly people from ethnic minority groups find themselves in a type of ‘double jeopardy,’ suffering from both racial discrimination and ageism.
This seminar focuses on the ethnic dimensions of ageing in the UK, and seeks to introduce new ideas and practices to cope with ageing issues. Confirmed speakers are: Professor Michael Keith (University of Oxford) who will discuss migration and ageing; Professor Chris Phillipson (University of Manchester), who will discuss research into ageing and ethnicity; Dr. Siew-Peng Lee (Brunel University), who will discuss the experiences of elderly Chinese in the UK; and Professor Itsuko Toyama (Kanamoto) (St. Andrew's University, Japan) and Atsuko Takenaka (The Japan Association in the UK) who together will discuss the findings of a recent quantitative survey on elderly Japanese living in the UK.
This seminar and research is under the auspices of the Embassy of Japan in the UK, and is supported by the Japan Foundation, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, and St. Andrew’s University (Momoyama Gakuin University), Japan.
7 March 2014
The Japan Foundation, London
**the seminar will finish at 4pm with a drinks reception to follow**
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