Nǐ hǎo! This week’s blog post is about the people of China and their value on family. How do family structures, values, and gender roles compare in the US and China? Here are few helpful resources on the subject:
- The Significance of Family in China
- Chinese Family Values
- Key Events in China’s Family Planning Policies
In reading through the list of sources above among others, I wonder what the connection is between the economic development of a society and it’s traditional values. How are traditions, beliefs and values maintained while others are lost across generations? How does a society’s unique geography help form it’s culture? What were your takeaways?
Even though the research shows some differences between the cultures, the importance of family everywhere seems to be clear. People value their heritage.
In a recent search among powerful Chinese proverbs, I came across this outstanding wisdom: “To forget one’s ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without a root.” As the Thanksgiving holiday is upon us, may you express your gratitude to your family, remember your roots, and look forward to your journey ahead.