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中文論文名稱 台灣老年人移民美國適應過程之研究
英文論文名稱 The Migratory Grief and Process of Adapting to North American Culture of Elderly Taiwanese Immigrants in the United States
校院名稱 淡江大學
系所名稱(中) 美洲研究所碩士班
系所名稱(英) Master's Program, Graduate Institute of the Americas
學年度 100
學期 1
出版年 101
研究生中文姓名 朱庭儀
研究生英文姓名 Ting-Yi Chu
電子信箱 ting.yi.c@gmail.com
學號 696250215
學位類別 碩士
語文別 英文
口試日期 2012-01-02
論文頁數 80頁
口試委員 指導教授-李本京
中文關鍵字 老年移民  悲傷  孝順  儒家思想  網際網路 
英文關鍵字 elderly immigrants  grief  filial piety  Confuscianism  the Internet 
中文摘要 老化這個過程是個無可避免的生理現象,所謂老化,是指一個人隨著時間流逝所發生非歸因於疾病的變化之總和。但過程中除了老化本身的影響之外,還可能受到環境、生活型態、棄用或疾病等其他因素的影響。此篇研究調查專注於台灣老年人移居美國生活後適應的程度。美國長久一來被視為移民者的天堂和退休養老的好去處,但對於不受西式教育的老年人而言,美國的生活環境是否能讓他們適應成為此研究的重點。


英文摘要 When people move from one place to another, it takes time to get used to a new environment. It seems that the immigrants were experiencing the pain of separation and loss of homeland. The degree, timing, and manifestation of their grief varied. There are some important factors that determine it, such as language, cultural background, and age. Even though, the United States is rated to be one of the best countries to migrate to for retirement. Some elderly Taiwanese that are used to live in a different background than a Western culture may experience culture shock and have a hard time adjusting to their new lives since they are not able to complete daily tasks. Elderly Taiwanese immigrants may be confronted with situations such as, grief, anger, and depression. However, immigrants of all ages can encounter this paradox. As for younger generations, the process of getting used to a new life can be faster since it is easier for them to adapt new ideas and concepts.

Based on the theory of Pedersen, there are five stages of culture shock, the honeymoon stage, the disintegration stage, the reintegration stage, the autonomy stage, and finally the interdependence stage. Immigrants go through each of the stage by time. Speaking of aging, it happens to everyone inevitably. Aging is commonly defined as the accumulation of diverse deleterious changes occurring in cells and tissues with advancing age that are responsible for the increased risk of disease and death. With the increasing risk of disease and death, there are more things older adults need to worry about when migrating to an unknown country since elderly people tend to have problem of disability at some point of their elderhood.

In this research, I would like to observe the reasons that lead elderly Taiwanese immigrants to migratory grief even when they voluntarily migrate by themselves by examining their life style both in the United States and in Taiwan. Also, I will analyze their changes after immigration. By comparing different traditional values and lifestyle, readers can have a better understanding for the conflicts. In the end, I will also observe the way to sooth the grief and adjust to the host country quicker.
論文目次 Table of Contents
The Migratory Grief and Process of Adapting to North American Culture of Elderly Taiwanese Immigrants in the United States

Chapter One: Introduction----------------------------------1
The Main Problem and Motivations---------------------------1
Chapter Division-------------------------------------------6
Chapter Two: Background of the Immigrants and Immigration-10
Taiwanese Immigrants within the United States-------------10
Why Taiwanese are Appealing to Migrant to the United States ---------------------------------------------------14
Filial Piety Concept of Chinese Culture-------------------22
Chapter Three: The Grief and Stress among the Elder Taiwanese Immigrant --------------------------------------28
Elderly Care----------------------------------------------28
Language Barrier------------------------------------------37
Culture Shock---------------------------------------------49
Chapter Four: Looking Beyond the Immigration--------------47
The Process of Healing------------------------------------58
The Needs of the Elders-----------------------------------64
Chapter Five: Summary and Conclusion----------------------53
Table 1: Age Structure of Taiwan---------------------------2
Table 2: Age Structure of the United States----------------3
Table 3: Medical Care-------------------------------------25
Table 4: The Websites Related to the Elderly--------------59
Table 5: The Websites Elderly Taiwanese Immigrants Browse-62
Chart 1: The Economy Dependency of Retired Taiwanese------32
Chart 2: The Economy Dependency of Retired Americans------32
Chart 3: Language Barrier of Taiwanese--------------------43
Chart 4: The Friends of Elderly Taiwanese Immigrants in the U.S. -----------------------------------------------------43
Chart 5: The Internet Usage-------------------------------47
Chart 6: The Languages of the Website Elderly Taiwanese Immigrants Use--------------------------------------------48
Chart 7: The Purposes of Surfing the Internet-------------49
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