This survey examines the impact of migration on the lives of the Chinese aged women who are now living in Sydney, Australia. A convenience sample of sixty women participated in this survey. They were interviewed using structured questionnaires consisting of fifty questions which included
demographic data, family structure, perceptions of health and use of community / health services, family supports and social networks, personal feeling of being a migrant woman, income resources, roles, and traditional cultural view for interview criteria. The three aims of this study are:
(1) To find out whether the Chinese aged women suffer the same conditions---multiple disadvantages---as the Australia-born aged women do? (2) To investigate the cultural differences perceived by the Chinese aged
women and their expectation of life in Australia. (3) To explore changes in the life situations and attitudes of the Chinese
aged women in terms of well-being, health, social contacts, and intergenerational
relationships. Results of the survey revealed that the majority of the participants (67%) live with their children, inter-generation relationships are maintained. Family ties are still very strong even when they live separately from their children. Their social behaviours are relatively guided by Chinese value - such as filial piety. They often engage in meaningful interaction with their children, and actively participated in social activities. Fifty-five percent of Chinese aged women who participated in this survey claimed that they are healthy, and leading a
good life. They are very pleased with the Australian social and health care systems, this enhances their well-being. Those who are not yet eligible for Australian aged pensions have their own saving or are supported by their children. Furthermore, this survey also reveals that the participants are psychologically prepared to accept the cultural differences. They see no
conflict between Australian cultures and their own values. Rather it is a blended effect, incorporating both together in their family life.