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Note: This paper is presented at 2012 International Society of
Gerontechnology World Conference, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e), the
Netherlands, June 26~29, 2012. This paper is also published at Gerontechnology 2012; 11(2): 118; doi: 10.4017/gt.2012.11.02.226.00
Gerontechnology: inspiration from the Chinese culture
Culture and social issues of Gerontechnology; Chinese
value and perspective of Gerontechnology; Current status of gerontechnology
research in the Sinophone world (China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, etc.); Inspiration
from the Chinese culture in Gerontechnology
Research in gerontechnology generally
emphasizes on how technologies can be used to satisfy the needs of the elderly
people. However, the success of a gerontechnology product/system also depends
heavily on culture and social acceptance. The culture and social diversity of
different parts of the world have to be considered.
Filial piety is a concept originating with
Confucianism, and has been an essential element of Chinese culture. Basically, filial
piety refers to the responsibility to care for, respect, and obey parents.
Under this traditional value, the practice of gerontechnology in the Sinophone
world may provide a different perspective in this field. For example, family
tie is very much emphasized in Chinese culture. Building an intuitive
environment to enhance the interaction and interpersonal communication between
the elderly people and their family members receives special attention. In the
design process of gerontechnology products and systems, we also look into the
abundant Chinese traditional literature for inspiration.
In this special session, culture and social
issues of Gerontechnology, in particular, the Chinese value and perspective of
Gerontechnology is discussed. Current status of gerontechnology research in the
Sinophone world is presented, and some Gerontechnology design concepts inspired
from ancient Chinese stories, poems, and other literature are also described.
We expect to give the audience a Chinese
perspective of Gerontechnology. We also hope to raise the attention on the
possible culture and social issues in gerontechnology, and how these issues can
be explored and satisfied under a common culture. This approach may give the
development of gerontechnology products and systems a more solid foundation,
better user acceptance, and a higher possibility of success.
Gerontechnology, Chinese culture, filial piety, culture and social issues