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Title: “A Message on Life to the Young”– Perceiving a Senior Volunteer Activity in Japan from an Intergenerational Perspective

Author (s):  Leng Leng Thang

Abstract:  Intergenerational programming has gained more recognition in Japan in the last decade or so, as research and reports on the status and case studies of intergenerational programs become available since mid-1990s. This paper examines the case study of a volunteer narrative group called G-117 formed primarily by seniors who are survivors of the 1995 Hanshin-Awaji earthquake as an example of an emerging intergenerational program. The research was carried out mainly during fieldwork among senior volunteer groups in Kobe from late 2001 to early 2002, primarily through qualitative approaches of interviews and participant observation. I propose that besides observational research, a more in-depth engagement through ethnographic case study, although much less common in intergenerational program research, is also important in providing rich, contextualized understanding of the development of an intergenerational program, particularly in a cross-cultural setting.

Category: Arts/Oral History/Culture

Keywords: Intergenerational volunteers, observational research, ethnographic case study, cross-cultural programs, intergenerational programming

Reference: Thang, L. L. (2005).  “A Message on Life to the Young”– Perceiving a Senior Volunteer Activity in Japan from an Intergenerational Perspective. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, 3(4): 7-22.

Peer-reviewed journal: yes

Link to Full Texthttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1300/J194v03n04_02#preview


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