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Siu Tse

Doctor of Philosophy, (Health Psychology)
Study Completed: 2014
College of Humanities & Social Sciences


Thesis Title
Harmonisation of self: Narratives of older Chinese about ageing,health and wellbeing

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The older population in New   Zealand is increasingly culturally and ethnically diverse. However, there has been a paucity of research into the ageing lives and experiences of this older ethnic population. Ms Tse addressed these gaps in the literature by exploring the ageing experiences of older Chinese migrants in New Zealand. In particular, she explored their experiences of struggles and success, and examined the role the self plays in the creation, restoration, and preservation of a sense of happiness. The results identified several enhancing and hindering factors that influence older Chinese migrants’ ability to live satisfactorily. In-depth analysis revealed that happiness is a function of the harmonious interplay of different I-positions of the self within a dynamic and complex process of dialogical negotiation. Furthermore, happiness is dependent upon a balance of mind, body, and environment, and the balanced interplay of individual agency and social structure.

Professor Christine Stephens
Professor Kerry Chamberlain