Chinese immigrants’ changing values and perceptions of funeral rites in the context of multicultural Australia
In 2017, a pilot project was conducted in Melbourne with the Chinese community. Working with the Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust, and Monash, the project team consisted of Assoc. Prof. Gil-Soo Han, Dr Helen Forbes-Mewett, Dr Wilfred Wang and Will Babington.
The pilot project focused on Melbourne’s Chinese community. Several themes were canvassed as part of the study. These include:
- Perceptions about death and cemeteries and changes across the generations
- Preferences for burial or cremation
- The impacts of value and cost on decision making
- The role of traditional values and culture
- Decision makers for funeral planning
- The source of information about funerals for the Chinese community
- The role of social status in decision making
- Chinese immigrants changing values and perceptions of funeral rites in the context of multicultural Australia: Executive Summary, 2017 Pilot study Executive-Summary-2017-0327
- Helen Forbes-Mewett, Gil-Soo Han and Wilfred Wang. Together Forever: Chinese Immigrants, Funeral Rites and Belonging in Australia, International sociological association: Changing demography, changing families, Singapore 17-19 May 2018 Belonging paper _ Abstract HFM et al
- Gil-Soo Han, Helen Forbes-Mewett and Wilfred Wang My own business, not my children’s: Negotiating funeral rites and the mobility and communication juncture among Chinese migrants in Melbourne, School of Social Sciences, Monash University 12 October 2017
- Han, G-S.,Forbes-Mewett, H. and Wang, W. (accepted 25 April 2018) My own business, not my children’s: Negotiating funeral rites and the mobility and communication juncture among Chinese migrants in Melbourne. Mobilities.