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Institute of Advanced Studies Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor Dr Hong-Jae Park

Dr Hong-Jae Park, IAS Benjamin Meaker visiting professor

Dr Hong-Jae Park, IAS Benjamin Meaker visiting professor

25 January 2018

We are delighted to announce that Dr Hong-Jae Park from the School of Social Sciences and Psychology at Western Sydney University, Australia will be visiting the School in early February to share his latest research.

Dr Park’s research speciality lies in the nexus of gerontological concerns; migrant and ethnic issues; and ethics and cross cultural practice. He has capitalized his transnational experienced, drawing closely on the holistic yin-yang approach to harmonise and synthesise research and knowledge development in these areas across cultures and regions. 

The visit of Dr Hong-Jae Park from the southern hemisphere will be an opportunity to think, rethink and reformulate our understanding of a group of older people (so called ‘later-life migrants’) who leave their homeland at an older age to join their children in the country of destination. This type of migration is likely to cause a range of challenges, which are particularly difficult and complex compared with those concerning older migrants who migrated at a younger age and then progressively aged in place.

During his stay (29 January - 9 February 2018) Dr Park will be hosted by Professor Liz Lloyd (Policy Studies).

Dr Park will be involved with the following events:

  • Seminar organized jointly between the Bristol Institute for Migration and Mobility Studies (BIMMS) and the FSSL Faculty Research Group on Ageing and the Life Course (FRG-ALC).

    Transnational Later Life Migration: Current Issues
    This seminar will focus on Dr Park’s research on new and emerging patterns of migration by older people. It will look specifically at Dr Park’s latest findings from his research into later life migration, cross-cultural adaptation and transnational communities. It will be pitched at an interdisciplinary audience (including guests drawn from selected individuals external to the University) and will aim to highlight those issues that challenge entrenched views about migration in later life.

  • Departmental (Staff and research postgraduates) Seminar 
    Later Life Migration: challenges for policy and practice
    Dr Park will focus more specifically upon the policy implications of recent research findings concerning migration and later life. It will be of interest to a range of staff members within the School, including researchers in ageing; in housing, health and social care in later life; in migration and in family life. Dr Park’s findings on filial piety in South Korea touch- upon key issues of direct relevance to policy studies in the UK, not least of which is the question of who bears responsibility for those older people who require care and support. It is likely that this seminar would be interest to postgraduate students, including (but not confined to) those from East Asia. It will also be of interest to colleagues beyond academia, including in the local Age UK/Brunel Care Research Forum and the Bristol Ageing Better collaboration, of which the University is a member.
  • Graduate seminar – Methods for Cross-cultural Research
    In his cross-cultural research Dr Park has used mixed methods that have enabled him to explore highly sensitive subjects (the experiences of older people ‘left behind’ as involuntary migrants) and to produce very high-quality findings. This seminar (which, it is expected will follow the 6 Departmental Seminar described under 2 above) will provide an opportunity for postgraduate students to hear Dr Park’s account of his experiences as an empirical researcher who has managed successfully the challenges entailed in cross-cultural, international research, using life-history interviews with ‘involuntary retirement migrants’.
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