Creating inclusive communities:
Challenging the status quo through a multi-national innovative integration of ethnography and photovoice among elder migrants
Supported by the Toyota Foundation Grant - D10 R-0076
Principle Investigator - Eric Asaba, PhD
Background: The topic of aging and migration concerns a large group of people with an immediate impact on culture, politics, economy, and healthcare. Despite great efforts to support groups represented by migrants and the elder, there remains a schism in streamlining access to community resources for elder migrants. Understanding elder migrant experiences locally is of importance in order to create inclusive models of support as well as enable all elders together with older and younger generations to contribute to their communities.
Objective: The aim of the project is to: (1) identify and explore what supports and hinders aging processes among elder migrants, (2) utilize participatory research approaches and local exhibits to support elder migrants within urban areas, and (3) create inclusive models of support for migrant elders in local contexts.
Design: Spanning 2-years, this project utilizes ethnographic and participatory methods. Recruitment is via convenience sampling through community organizations.
Setting: Urban community settings in Sweden and Japan.
Participants: Men and women older than 60 years who have lived in the new host country for at least 1 year and who migrated after the age of 18.
Main Outcome: In keeping with the design, outcome measures are not used. However, anticipated outcomes include: (1) generating knowledge about migrant experiences among elders, (2) providing opportunities for an inter-generational exchange between migrant elders and local elementary school children, (3) a multi-lingual digital archive and venue through which to communicate and connect, and (4) public photo exhibition where a collection of photographs will be displayed along with short narratives.
Results/ Conclusions: In progress