The Development Of China 's Economy And Society Essay

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With the development of China’s economy and society, profound changes in family and family-related issues have occurred over the last century, especially after the reform and opening-up policy in 1978. People’s living standard has improved dramatically and the family size is becoming small because of the one-child policy which started in the 1980s. In order to investigate changes in Chinese family, I interviewed my parents and one of my grandparent’s colleagues. In this narrative, I will describe what family life and livings were like for four generations and then compare and contrast their family life.
My grandparent’ family life and living
My grandparents passed away when I was a child and I interviewed one of my grandfather’s colleagues through the phone to understand my grandparents’ life. I knew the man when I came to my grandparents’ home when I was little and I also called him grandfather. My grandfather grew up in a breadwinner/homemaker family. His father owned a cloth shop and would stay there during the day. His mother stayed at home, rearing children, raising chickens, preparing meals, and doing other household chores. His sisters had to help their mother about housework. His parents did farm work together.
My grandfather grew up in time of war between China and Japan. The life at that time was difficult and many children were starved. The living conditions were poor. He grew up in a rural village and self-sufficiency was common. They planted rice by themselves.…

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