Social Sciences Korea Conference: Family Changes and Inequality in East Asia
Organized by: The Kim Program in Korean Studies at Penn, co-sponsored by the Population Studies Center at Penn
Location: Global Policy Lab, Perry World House
Dates: December 6-7, 2019

Families in East Asia have gone through rapid changes over the last few decades, represented by delayed and possibly foregone, marriage, increased divorce, growing single-person households, and changing living arrangements between parents and adult children among others. Some aspects of family changes in East Asia are not consistent with theories of family changes primarily based on western families, offering a useful opportunity of challenging and expanding existing theoretical perspectives. Growing economic inequality, along with changes in values and norms, in various parts of East Asia have affected family changes, which in turn have important implications for educational and socioeconomic inequality for the next generation.

The Social Sciences Korea Conference, supported by the James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, is pleased to announce its inaugural conference to have the theme of Family Changes and Inequality in East Asia. This conference is cosponsored by the Population Studies Center at Penn.

Bringing in together 10 presenters who have long engaged in research on family changes in China, Japan and South Korea, this conference will feature updated and timely studies across topics of singlehood, marriage, fertility, time use with children, and household dynamics. Five Penn-based scholars will stimulate lively discussions with comments and suggestions.

Please join us!