Interdisciplinary Lunchtime Seminar CANCELLED

Losing an Only Child in a Child-Centered Society: Parental Grief among China’s Shidu Parents

2019-12-03 12:00:002019-12-03 13:00:00Asia/Hong_KongLosing an Only Child in a Child-Centered Society: Parental Grief among China’s Shidu Parents

Interdisciplinary Lunchtime Seminar
Losing an Only Child in a Child-Centered Society: Parental Grief among China’s Shidu Parents

Dr. Shi Lihong
(Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Case Western Reserve University)

Date: December 3, 2019 (Tuesday)
Time: 12:00 – 13:00
Venue: Room 201, 2/F, May Hall, The University of Hong Kong
Enquiry: (852) 3917-5772, ihss@hku.hk

    2019-12-03 12:00:002019-12-03 13:00:00Asia/Hong_KongLosing an Only Child in a Child-Centered Society: Parental Grief among China’s Shidu Parents

    Interdisciplinary Lunchtime Seminar
    Losing an Only Child in a Child-Centered Society: Parental Grief among China’s Shidu Parents

    Dr. Shi Lihong
    (Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Case Western Reserve University)

    Date: December 3, 2019 (Tuesday)
    Time: 12:00 – 13:00
    Venue: Room 201, 2/F, May Hall, The University of Hong Kong
    Enquiry: (852) 3917-5772, ihss@hku.hk

      Overview

      Title:

      Losing an Only Child in a Child-Centered Society: Parental Grief among China’s Shidu Parents

      Speaker:

      Dr. Shi Lihong (Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Case Western Reserve University)

      Date:

      December 3, 2019

      Time:

      12:00 nn – 1:00 pm

      Venue:

      Room 201, 2/F, May Hall, The University of Hong Kong (Map)

      Language:

      English

      Enquiry:

      (Tel) (852) 3917-5772
      (Email) ihss@hku.hk

      Title:

      Losing an Only Child in a Child-Centered Society: Parental Grief among China’s Shidu Parents

      Speaker:

      Dr. Shi Lihong (Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Case Western Reserve University)

      Date:

      December 3, 2019

      Time:

      12:00 nn – 1:00 pm

      Venue:

      Room 201, 2/F, May Hall, The University of Hong Kong (Map)

      Language:

      English

      Enquiry:

      (Tel) (852) 3917-5772
      (Email) ihss@hku.hk

      Abstract

      Grieving over the loss of a beloved child is a universal sentiment worldwide. Nevertheless, cultural and sociopolitical factors may shape how parental grief is differentially experienced. When China replaced the one-child mandate with a two-child policy in 2015, one unintended consequence of the one-child policy became even more apparent. A large number of parents have lost their only child born under the policy to illness, accident, or suicide. Referred to as shidu families (shidu jiating) in official documents, media reports, and by bereaved parents themselves, the majority of these families are unable to have another child due to age. As Chinese society is becoming increasingly child-centered, coping with child loss is particularly challenging for shidu parents. Based on in-depth interviews with shidu parents between 2016 and 2019, the talk delves into the grief experience of shidu parents, revealing how they make sense of their loss after having practiced the child-centered ideal, how child loss redefines their personhood in a child-centered society, and how they cope with child loss as they continue to live in a child-centered environment.

      About the Speaker

      Dr. Shi Lihong is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Case Western Reserve University. Her research focuses on anthropology of reproduction, gender and family relations, demographic transition, and state-society relations in China. Her previous research looks at reproductive choice and family change in rural China. She is the author of Choosing Daughters: Family Change in Rural China.

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