Demographic Trends and the ‘New Normal’: Reflections on Ageing and Fertility Within Southeast Asia

Managing Demographic Change in Southeast Asia: Challenges and Issues Amidst the ‘New Normal’

Session 1

About the Webinar

Situated within the context of Southeast Asia and the ongoing pandemic, the following presentations address the most well-known demographic phenomenon in modern society, that of ageing societies. Dr Bussarawan Teerawichitchainan (National University of Singapore) highlights the importance to transcend alarmist and negative views of ageing societies by constructing new narratives that acknowledge the productive aspects of ageing from case studies in Thailand, Vietnam and Myanmar. This is followed by Dr Premchand Dommaraju’s (Nanyang Technological University) view that ageing in Southeast Asia is a highly transformative and gendered experience within families that intersects with the impact and consequences of neoliberal social policy. Finally, Dr Hoang Ba Thinh’s (Hanoi University of Social Sciences and Humanities) discussion of Vietnam’s changing fertility rates in recent decades reveal important perspectives on differences in fertility due to geographical region, ethnicity, education and gender. This sets the stage to inform population policies within Vietnam’s Population Strategy till 2030.

This workshop is supported by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.

Download the workshop programme here.

About the Panelists

Dr Bussarawan Teerawichitchainan
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology; and Co-Director, Centre for Family and Population Research, National University of Singapore

Dr Premchand Dommaraju
Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences; and Director, Master of Science in Applied Gerontology, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Dr Hoang Ba Thinh
Director, Research Center for Gender, Population, Environment and Social Affairs, Hanoi University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam


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Nov 19 2020


10:00 am - 11:30 am