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Journey to Adulthood
East Asian Perspectives

Edited by:
  • Chin-Chun Yi - Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
  • Ming-Chang Tsai - Research Center for Humanities and Social Sciences, Academia Sinica


February 2023 | 440 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Young people in East Asia are increasingly experiencing a prolonged transition to adulthood. They are spending longer in school, entering the labour market later, and getting married later still.

This protracted young adulthood interacts with forces of both tradition and modernization, as social and economic changes generate profound effects on the transition from school to work, on family formation, on personal relationships, and on subjective well-being.

Journey to Adulthood explores the special characteristics of young adulthood in East Asia. It uses Taiwan as illustrative example, with comparative findings from its East Asian neighbours Japan, Korea and Hong Kong.

It describes the particular growth context of a millennial generation, and the challenges they face as they attempt to balance family formation, personal development and entry into a market economy.

Edited by Chin-Chun Yi and Ming-Chang Tsai, this collection helps us to understand the structural configurations East Asian young adults collectively represent. Taking a cross-cultural and comparative perspective, it enables meaningful policy suggestions on family dynamics, educational strategy, and health and well-being across the globe.

Dr Chin-Chun Yi and Dr Ming-Chang Tsai both work within the Institute of Sociology, Research Center for Humanities and Social Sciences, Academia Sinica, Taiwan

Chin-Chun Yi and Ming-Chang Tsai
Transition to Adulthood in East Asia: Introduction
Chia-Hua Liu
Marriage Intention and the Subsequent Marriage in Taiwan
Chin-Chun Yi
Marrying Early or Remaining Single in Taiwan: The Choice of Young Adults
Michael Gebel
Education-to-work Transitions and Youth’s Psychological Well-being
Ming-Chang Tsai
Landing a Middle-Class Position: College Degree, Occupational Status and Income of Young Adults in Taiwan
Tsui-o Tai, Yi-Fu Chen and Hsien-Chih Tu
Domestic Labor Involvement of Young Taiwanese Couples in Different Partnership and Parenthood Statuses
Yi-Ping Shih
Does Having a Grandchild Strengthen Intergenerational Solidarity? Financial, Instrumental, and Emotional Support Exchanges in Taiwan
Wan-chi Chen and Hao-Chun Cheng
Childcare Arrangements Among Young Parents in Taiwan
Ju-Ping, Lin, Chia-Wen, Yu and Chiu-Hua, Huang
Parent-child Relationships from Adolescence to Early Adulthood: The Role of Conceptions of Adulthood
Yuh-Huey Jou
Norms and Relations: Developmental Self-Esteem Trajectory and Its Determinants from Adolescence to Adulthood
Yi-fu Chen and Chyi-In Wu
Early Delinquency Trajectory and Developmental Outcomes in Adulthood: Findings from the Taiwan Youth Project
Hiroshi Ishida
School-to-Work Transition among High School Students in Japan: School-mediated System and Labor Market Outcomes
Min Young Song and Ki-Soo Eun
No More Gender Gaps? Gendered Employment Patterns of Young College Graduates in South Korea since 2000
Xiaogang Wu and Maocan Guo
Who Rises Higher in First Job Attainment? Trends and Patterns of School-to-Work Transition in Hong Kong

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