Methods for Cross-cultural Research

6 February 2018, 1.00 PM - 6 February 2018, 2.00 PM

Dr Hong-Jae Park

Room 4/5, 10 Woodland Road

In his cross-cultural research Dr Park has used mixed methods that have enabled him to explore sensitive subjects (the experiences of older people ‘left behind’ as involuntary migrants) to produce high-quality findings. This seminar will provide an opportunity for postgraduate students to hear Dr Park’s account of his experiences as an empirical researcher who has successfully managed the challenges entailed in cross-cultural, international research, using life-history interviews with ‘involuntary retirement migrants’.

This seminar is open to PGR and PGT students in the School for Policy Studies.

About Hong-Jae Park

Dr Hong-Jae Park is a Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences and Psychology at the University of Western Sydney, Australia. Prior to this he was a Senior Lecturer at the School of Counselling, Human Services and Social Work at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He is a native of South Korea who moved to New Zealand in 2003 and then to Australia in 2017. He has taught a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, including ethics and justice, lifespan development, disability research and applied professional practice.

Dr Park's research speciality lies in the nexus of gerontological concerns; migrant and ethnic issues; ethics and cross-cultural practice. He has capitalised his transnational experience, drawing extensively on the holistic ying-yang approach to harmonise and synthesise research and knowledge development in these areas across cultures and regions. Recently, he has undertaken a series of mixed methods studies on filial piety (family care, support and respect for parents and ancestors) and elder abuse in the population of later life migrants in New Zealand and Australia. He has published over 30 articles and book chapters as well as presenting widely at national and international conferences.

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