Views of Japanese immigrant women about care as they age

Atsuko Kawakami, Jennie Jacobs Kronenfeld

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Scholars have explained how people in Japan feel ashamed when elderly members of the family are cared for by formal services such as day care or government/commercial-based nursing homes due to the cultural norms of the consciousness of social appearance. However, this consciousness of social appearance plays a minimum role when it comes to elderly Japanese immigrant women's preference to utilize formal care services in the United States. They see receiving family based care as a burden on their middle-aged children (or grandchildren) and they prefer purchasing formal long-term care services when they can no longer feel confident about maintaining their independent lives. Elderly Japanese immigrant women hold rather positive views on formal care in the United States, including nursing homes. This chapter suggests that elderly Japanese immigrant women may not consider it shameful to utilize formal care as many previous scholars have suggested.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)67-83
Number of pages17
JournalResearch in the Sociology of Health Care
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Aging
  • Care services
  • Immigrants
  • Japan
  • Women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)


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