Grandtotem: Supporting international and intergenerational relationships

Mark Butzer, Zachary Levonian, Yangyang Luo, Kathleen Watson, Ye Yuan, C. Estelle Smith, Svetlana Yarosh

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The grandchild-grandparent relationship faces unique challenges among international students. We developed the Grandtotem, which functions as a focal point for family ritual, a photo frame, and a relationship media album. Research with international student grandchildren helped to identify three dimensions along which their relationships with grandparents must adapt: (1) technology, (2) physical barriers, and (3) changing roles. Initial design feedback suggests that the Grandtotem is a promising tool for strengthening the social fabric during a difficult time of cultural transition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCSCW 2020 Companion - Conference Companion Publication of the 2020 Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781450380591
StatePublished - Oct 17 2020
Event3rd ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, CSCW 2020 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: Oct 17 2020Oct 21 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW


Conference3rd ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, CSCW 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online

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  • Adult grandchildren
  • Intergenerational communication
  • International grandparents
  • International students


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