Family Memory in a Taiwanese Context

TitleFamily Memory in a Taiwanese Context
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference2012
AuthorsChen, Y-yu, Ackerman, MS
Conference NameCHI’12 Workshop on "Heritage Matters: Designing for Current and Future Values Through Digital and Social Technologies"
Date Published04/2012
Keywordsmemory, memory artifacts

In this paper, we explore how Taiwanese practices of family memory and memory artifacts show significant differences from those in the US, suggesting important memory practices are cultural and collective. For example, Taiwanese do not keep pictures of deceased ancestors in the same way as Americans might, they do not have family heirlooms, nor do they keep extensive childhood memorabilia. We studied this through 20 interviews and household inventories conducted in Taiwan.