Families in Asia provides a unique sociological analysis of family trends in Asia.

Stella R. Quah uses demographic and survey data, personal interviews and case studies from China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam to provide a wide-ranging comparative analysis of family trends and the role of the state and social policy.

Focusing on the most relevant and significant aspects of family and kin, chapters include:

Concepts and research trends

Family forming



Gender roles in families

Marriage breakdown

The impact of Socio-economic development

This new edition has been updated and expanded throughout and includes new material on dowry, singlehood, adoption, the transformation of the senior generation, changes in family courts and the role of the state in family wellbeing.

Families in Asia will be the perfect companion for students and scholars alike who are interested in family sociology, public and social policy, and Asian society and culture more broadly.


chapter 1|12 pages

Studying families in Asia

chapter 2|28 pages

‘I do’, ‘We do’

Forming and extending families

chapter 3|30 pages

Parenthood under siege?

chapter 4|31 pages

Age, grandparents and social capital

chapter 5|27 pages

From ‘His family, her duty’ to ‘Their family’

The gender issue

chapter 6|32 pages

Conflict, divorce and the family court

chapter 7|21 pages

Home, kin and the state in social change