Very Low Fertility in Taiwan: Causes, patterns, and solutions?
Yen-hsin Alice Cheng, Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica, TAIWAN
This talk will first offer an overview of the very low fertility patterns in Taiwan, as well as situate it within the larger East Asian region. The causes leading to this phenomenon will be discussed with an emphasis on the Confucian culture and gender relations in Taiwan. In particular, how they influence declining marriage rate is key to future development of fertility levels, as non-marital births are still rare. The challenges ahead and the potential solutions will also be discussed to conclude this talk.