A Comparative Study of Family Values Between China and America

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A Comparative Study of Family Values between China and America Introduction We were born into a family, mature in a family, form new families, and leave them at our death. Family life is a universal human experience. The family is among the oldest and the most fundamental of all human institutions. As we know that family is the miniature of the society, and therefore different family values are the reflections of distinguishing cultures in different countries. In order to get the better understanding of different family cultures between China and America, it is necessary to make a comparison between Chinese and American family values. This paper tries to grope for cultural origins behind those external different family …show more content…
Chinese stress coalition, which makes the Chinese family extremely cohesive. For example, many young people still try to live near their parents whenever possible even after they are married. Family members depend on each other for support and they are required to show loyalty to the family and bring demonstrated virtuous behavior. If they fail to do so, then the whole family loses face. That is to say Chinese culture emphasizes the collective quality in the nature of individual’s life and behavior. Generally speaking, the Chinese have a stronger sense of family honor than westerners. The American family tie is comparatively loose. Family members are regarded as friends and they should be treated equally in daily life. In America, most old people do not live with their children or relatives. If they have enough money they will buy house or apartments in places where other old people live. If they do not healthy and strong enough to live alone, they would rather live in nursing houses for old people than be taken by their children. Taking care of their parents is not the priority to the adult children. Many old people mainly rely on the aid from government to spend the rest time of their life.

Conclusion The cultural differences between China and America are reflected in almost all aspects of family life. The present study focuses on various major aspects,

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