Highlights of the 14th Seminar in the Policy and Comparative Development Studies Seminar Series
The 14th Policy and Comparative Development Studies Seminar Series was held on 5th May 2022. The Seminar was presented by Mr. Bowen Zhou with the topic of “The COVID-19 Crisis and Intergenerational Relations: The Case of Hong Kong Families with Older Parents Ageing in the Greater Bay Area in Mainland China”.
With the development of the Greater Bay Area in mainland China as a catalyst, convenient and advanced transportation has further provided possibilities and opportunities for Hong Kong elderly people to consider residing in mainland China, particular in the Greater Bay Area. A comparison has been made by relevant Hong Kong government departments, showing that the number of Hong Kong elderly people (aged 65 and above) ageing in the Greater Bay Area in mainland China increased to around 90200 in 2019, which was 33% higher than that in 2013. Given the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, a series of preventive measures like border control may have impacts on every aspect of the Hong Kong families with older parents ageing in the Greater Bay Area in mainland China, and the intergenerational relations of these families is no exception. Unlike prevailing literature that only focus on the intergenerational relations of migrant families or transnational families, a qualitative approach will be adapted in this proposed study to provide insights on the intergenerational relations in the unique China-Hong Kong cross-border context under the most updated situation of the COVID-19 pandemic.
During this presentation, Mr Zhou firstly shared comprehensive research background and theoretical basis of this proposed study, and then proposed his research design. Look forward to his preliminary findings in the future.