Asia-Pacific Population Journal

For over two decades, the Asia-Pacific Population Journal (APPJ) has been taking the pulse of population and social issues unfolding in the region. Published by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), APPJ brings out high quality, evidence-based and forward-looking articles relevant for population policies and programmes in Asia and the Pacific. Prominent population experts, award-winning demographers, as well as lesser known researchers have been contributing articles, documenting over the years the evolution of thinking in this important sphere.


Patrilines, patrilocality and fertility decline in Viet Nam

The 90 per cent or so of the Vietnamese population who belong to the Kinh ethnic group (Vietnam, 1991: volume 1, table 1.4) have a patrilineal, patrilocal family system. To conform to the rules of this system, a couple must have at least one biological or adopted son, Viet Nam’s dramatic fertility decline has, however, entailed a rise in the proportion of parents unable to fulfil this condition. What does this imply about the strength of Viet Nam’s patrilineal, patrilocal norms, now and in the future?


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