100YLA Online Conversation Series: Social Relationships and COVID-19

5:30–6:30 pm


100 Year Lives in Asia (100YLA)

Life expectancy in Asia has increased significantly from 1955 to 2020. In many Asian societies, centenarians are still celebrated, but they are no longer a rarity. Society and government policies have not been designed around the expectation that people will live to 100. Education, career, family, financial security and many other topics will be explored in the 100YLA series to address the many changing needs people and their families have as they prepare to live longer lives.

COVID-19 has brought many consequences for young and old within their communities. The 100YLA series discussed 100 year lives in the context of a world facing a COVID-19 future.

Kathleen Cagney, Professor of Sociology of the University of Chicago, invited experts from Asia and the U.S. to discuss the phenomenon, implications, challenges and opportunities for an aging population in Asia.

Episode 1: Social Relationships and COVID-19

In this episode, Professor Cagney and the panel discussed how COVID-19 is affecting social relationships of the elderly, and how family, community and friendship can play a part in mitigating loneliness.

April 30, 2020 (Thursday)
7:00am | Chicago
1:00pm | London
2:00pm | Paris
5:30pm | Mumbai
7:00pm | Jakarta | Ho Chi Minh
8:00pm | Hong Kong | Beijing | Singapore | Manila | Taipei
9:00pm | Tokyo | Seoul
10:00pm | Sydney


Professor Kathleen Cagney
Chair of 100 Year Lives in Asia
Professor of Sociology and the College
The University of Chicago

Professor Linda Waite
Lucy Flower Professor in Urban Sociology
The University of Chicago

Professor Tian Xiaoli (PhD'11)
Associate Professor in Sociology
The University of Hong Kong


5:30 p.m. Opening Remarks by Mark Barnekow (MBA ’88), Executive Director, Yuen Campus Hong Kong
5:35 p.m. Introduction by Professor Kate Cagney
5:45 p.m. Panel Discussion 
6:15 p.m. Q&A
6:30 p.m. Event Concludes

Registrations for this Episode are closed.  Check out all 100YLA episodes HERE!

The event was hosted by The University of Chicago Francis and Rose Yuen Campus in Hong Kong.