‘Shaping and Reshaping Care and Migration in East and Southeast Asia’

by Professor Ito Peng


Date and time: Tuesday May 16th, 1-2pm
Place: Elmfield Building, Room G17

‘This article examines how culture, institution, and social policies interact to shape national approaches to care and the use of migrant care workers. I compare Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore to show variations in approaches to care and migration despite their cultural similarities. Through a conceptual framework that intersects culture, institution and policy I identify two approaches that are evident across a spectrum of approaches in East Asia: regulated institutional (Japan and Korea) and liberal market oriented (Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore). The analysis shows that cultural, institutional and socio-economic factors are continuously interacting with each other to shape national understandings of care and the use of foreign care workers, and that different policies interact with each other referentially as they develop and affect social and cultural norms through policy feedback.’

– Professor Ito Peng

Ito Peng is a Professor of Sociology and Public Policy, and Canada Research Chair in Global Social Policy at the Department of Sociology, and the School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto. She has written extensively on family, gender and social policies, and social and political economy of care, in East Asia. She currently leads a large international partnership research project entitled Gender, Migration, and the Work of Care funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. The project brings together over 50 researchers and non-academic partners to examine how the reorganization of care influences the global migration of care workers, and how this in turn impacts family and gender relations, gender equality, government policies, and global governance. Her new book, co-edited with Sonya Michel, Gender, Migration and the Work of Care: A Multi-Scalar Approach to the Pacific Rim, will be out in July 2017.

Ito Peng