This photographic project was undertaken to accompany my Urban Planning thesis in 2010 which focused on 'ageing'. An abstract of my thesis has been pasted below.
Optimal Ageing: A Case Study of Sydney's Hong Kong Chinese Population
Our world faces a demographic revolution. Lowered fertility and mortality rates have lead to a significant demographic shift with more elderly persons in proportion to the young. International organisations including the United Nations and World Health Organisation have become concerned with this trend. Countries facing the challenges of population ageing include the UK, China, Japan, Taiwan, and the United States. In Australia the baby boomers born between the years 1946-1965 are now also entering retirement and many will be eligible for the age pension. Not only will this have economic implications, there will also be increased demands on health care and other social services. The needs of this group are also expected to differ from current seniors who are of a different generation. As a multicultural society, Australia’s planning also needs to be sensitive to the culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) population. This thesis aims to explore CALD ageing via investigating current aged-care and planning policies and initiatives. A case study into the Hong Kong Chinese population in Sydney is undertaken to delve into their perceptions, experiences and future needs. Recommendations are made to optimize the ageing experience for Sydney residents, particularly the CALD community.