Leng Leng Thang

alt Name:

Leng Leng Thang

Academic Title: Associate Professor
Assistant Professor (Ph.d.)Affiliation:

National University of Singapore

Departmental Position: Deputy Head, Department of Japanese Studies
Fields of Expertise:

Socio-cultural anthropology, intergenerational relations and programs, aging, gender


(Selected,  2010-2012)

Thang, L.L. Intergenerational relations: Asian perspectives. In The SAGE Handbook of Social Gerontology. Dannefer, D and Phillipson, C. eds. London: Sage Publisher. 2010.

Thang, L.L. Managing later life and health: A study of older Chinese men living alone in Singapore. In Singapore’s Aging Population: Managing healthcare and end of life decisions. Chan, Wing-cheong ed. London: Routledge. 2011.

Thang, L.L. Aging and social welfare in Japan. In Routledge Handbook on Japanese Culture and Society. Bestor, Victor, Bestor Theodore and Yamagata, Akiko eds. New York: Routledge, 2011.

Thang, L.L., Mehta, K., Usui, T. and Tsuruwaka, M. Being a Good Grandparent: Roles and Expectations in Intergenerational Relationships in Japan and Singapore. Marriage and Family Review 47(8): 548-570. 2011

Thang, L. L. “Population aging, older workers and productivity issues: the case of Singapore” Journal of Comparative Welfare 27(1): 17-33, 2011

Huang, S., Thang, L.L. and Toyota, M.(eds). Special issue on Transnational Care Mobilities: State, Market and Family Dynamics in Asia. Global Networks, 2012 

Ow, R., Joon, M-S and Thang, L.L.(eds). Special issue on Critical Issues in Elderly Health, Asia-Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development. 21(1), 2011

Mehta, K and Thang, L.L. eds. Experiencing Grandparenthood: An Asian Perspective. Netherlands: Springer Publisher.2012

Huang,S., Thang, L.L. and Toyota, M. Transnational mobilities for care: rethinking the dynamics of care in Asia. Global Networks 12(2): 129-134. 2012.

Butts, Donna, L. L. Thang and A. Hatton Yeo (2012). Policies and Programmes Supporting Intergenerational Relations. Background paper. UNDESA, New York                Accessible at


Thang, L.L. Promoting intergenerational understanding between the young and old: the case of Singapore. UN Report of the Expert Group Meeting in Qatar, March 2011.                        Accessible at http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/family/docs/egm11/EGM_Expert_Paper_Theng_Leng_Leng.pdf

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Personal Notes:

Leng Leng Thang is a socio-cultural anthropologist with a special focus on Japan as well as other parts of Asia. She is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Japanese Studies, National University of Singapore. Leng Leng has published on the issues of aging, gender, intergenerational relationships, family, gender and transnational migration, especially in Japan and Singapore.