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Sociology: People


Tzu-Yuan Lin

Tzu-Yuan Lin
Tzu-Yuan Lin
Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
Research Interests
The elderly's care, Culture / interculturality, Socio-cultural change



MA (Child and Family Relationships)--- Fu- Jen Catholic University

BA (Philosophy)--- Fu-Jen Catholic University


Ph.D Research Project

Care for the elderly is a particular concern in ageing societies. In Taiwan, traditional Chinese cultures encourage collective practice, including informal family care of elderly people, which meets their requirements. However, social change is modifying traditional values and behaviours, leading some commentators to put blame on a western style of individualism. Interest in how Taiwanese people interpret these two value systems and react to them in familial interactions was the beginning of this research on 20 pairs of college-aged grandchildren and their grandparents.

The research questions mainly focus on the three areas. Firstly, how the role, the perceptions and the attached expectations of being a grandchild construct the contemporary grandchildren’s understandings of their orientations to their families. Secondly, exploring grandchildren’s interpretations of traditional and imported value systems, operating on personal and family lives, to clarify how and on which occasions the value systems affect familial interactions. Lastly, I consider how the two cohorts of respondents receive transformation of Taiwanese society and family and discuss the effects of domestic-demographics and societal-structural changes on grandparent-grandchild relationship over time. In so doing, it arguably helps to understand how the informants in this research see the changes over time in their social environments and domestic spheres and articulate the potential outcomes on their grandparent-grandchild relationships. 


Ph. D Supervisors

Professor Lynn Jamieson

Professor Sarah Cunningham-Burley



Tzu-Yuan Lin. 2012. When traditional values and western concepts collide in Taiwan: The interplay of collectivism and individualism on grandparent-grandchild interactions. [Oral Presentation].  Asian Conference on Cultural Studies, 2nd June 2012.

Tzu-Yuan Lin. 2012. Traditional values and imported concepts collide in Taiwan: how have the roles of grandchildren changed? [Poster Presentation]. British Sociological Association Annual Conference, 12th April, 2012.

Tzu-Yuan Lin. 2012. When traditional values and western concepts collide in Taiwan: why grandchildren assist their grandparents? [Oral Presentation]. Taiwan Scientific Symposium, 17th March 2012.

Tzu-Yuan Lin. 2011. Collectivism or Individualism? How do grandchildren regard their roles in Taiwan? [Oral Presentation]. CRFR New Researchers in Families and Relationships Conference, 9th May 2011.

Tzu-Yuan Lin. 2011. Collectivism or Individualism? How do grandchildren regard their roles in Taiwan? [Oral Presentation]. New Directions Conference, 3rd -4th May 2011. University of Edinburgh. 

Tzu-Yuan Lin. 2009. Exploring the associations between grandparents and grandchildren in Taiwan. [Oral Presentation]. New Directions Conference, 21st ¨C 22nd May 2009. University of Edinburgh. 

Chen, J.-L., & Lin, T.-Y. 2007. The relation between grandparents’ involvement in childcare and the subsequent assistance from grandchildren towards their grandparents. Living Quality and Catholic Ideology International Conference, Taiwan. (In Chinese).