Unlike in Western countries like Australia, traditional Asian cultures place a heavy emphasis on filial piety — the expectation children will support their parents in old age.
Historically, filial piety played an important role when families were large, pension schemes unavailable and life expectancy was around 50 years old.
Today, however, families in east and southeast Asia are much smaller, divorce rates and rates of non-marriage are increasing, and fewer adult children are living with their parents. These demographic shifts...
Executive Director of the Centre for Ageing Research & Education, Duke-NUS Medical School, National University of Singapore.