Aging Population a Major Problem in South Asia, too
"An October 2011 article on Dawn.com notes: “South Asia will experience a dramatic increase in its elderly population by nearly nine times between 2010 and 2025 when life expectancy will increase to 75 years for men and 82 years for women.”
While this is a problem for countries all over the world, South Asia faces some unique issues. Governments in the region don't devote many resources to the elderly:
Sources:http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/Intellecap_Nov2011.pdf pg 1-6
Migration of Seniors a Future Force in Southeast Asia, Could Create "Universal Design" Cities
Seniors are migrating around Southeast Asia, some to retire and some to find work. This creates a potential for Universal Design cities—built environments designed to be usable by anyone regardless of disability.
While Noviscape does mention "senior Singaporeans... finding employment as highly-skilled professionals, entrepreneurs, and investors in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and China" it mostly
discusses those traveling to retire:
Sources:Noviscape May 2011 page 12:
Aging Southeast Asian Population May Create "Grey Collar" Economy
According to Noviscape, “grey collar workers” will become the fastest growing segment of the workforce in countries such as Singapore and Thailand.
While rapid declining fertility and longer life expectancy are evident in every country in the region, they are aging at different rates.
“Singapore and Thailand have already been categorized as ageing societies since the early 2000s, Cambodia and Laos both have very young populations. The rest of ASEAN member states fall somewhere between these extremes, but are catching up fast.” (pg9)
Sources:Noviscape April 2011 page 1-11:
Urbanization, Mobile Phones, Aging, NGOs and Media Shaping GLBTQ Identity in Southeast Asia
In Southeast Asia, GLBTQ people have traditionally been seen as being of "alternate genders," as opposed to western countries which, Noviscape asserts, "usually view that same-sex attraction and transgender expressions imply identities composed of positions on the dimensions sex, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity."
However, new identities, somewhat strongly influenced by Western notions of homosexuality, are emerging in Southeast Asia.
Sources:Noviscape May 2011 page 10-14:
"Employee-centric" strategies could lead to fragile households
Employers will face greater pressure to provide more flexibility in benefits packages and work policies; they are likely to respond by disaggregating benefits or flexibility options and letting employees pick and choose. Employees with less bargaining power or in less skilled industries will face fewer choices.
Sources:RAND, Nov 2010, page 7-9: http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/RAND_Nov2010.pdf#page=7
Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Bureau of Labor Statistics, United States Department
of Labor, 12/17/2009. Accessed 11/1/10 at: http://www.bls.gov/oco/oco2003.htm
State of Metropolitan America: On the Front Lines of Demographic Transformation, Brookings
institution Metropolitan Policy Program, 2010.
Unum, “HR Trends and Challenges: The Changing U.S. Demographic, Economic, and Social Landscape of the Workplace”, LIMRA International, 2007. Accessed 11/3/10 at: http://forms.unum.com/StreamPDF.aspx?strURL=/FMS_068162-1.pdf&strAudience=StreamByNumber
“American Time Use Survey – 2009 Results”, Bureau of Labor Statistics, United States Department of Labor, 22 June 2010. Accessed 11/1/10 at: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/atus.nr0.htm
See Robert Reich, The Work of Nations: Preparing Ourselves for 21st Century Capitalism, (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1992)