Chinese Family Life

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China houses almost a quarter of the world's people.

Doherty, Gillian, and Claybourne, Anna. The Uborne Book of Peoples of the World

Broadway: Scholastic Inc., 2002

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China experienced a boom of people, becoming the first country to have over a billion people. Because of all these people the government has trouble feeding everybody. The government tried to control the population by imposing a restriction on the number of kids you can have. You can only have 2 kids.

Doherty, Gillian, and Claybourne, Anna. The Uborne Book of Peoples of the World

Broadway: Scholastic Inc., 2002

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To provide food for their families, about three quarters of China's people are farmers. They build giant terraces to make steep slopes farmable. They farm crops like rice, wheat, and millet.

Doherty, Gillian, and Claybourne, Anna. The Uborne Book of Peoples of the World

Broadway: Scholastic Inc., 2002

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Families tend to resided with the husband's parents after getting married.

Edmonds, Richard, and Smith, Richard. "China (country)"

2012 World Book. Desktop Download. Accessed 4-20-21

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In Chinese culture family life has always been valued. For thousands of years the people of China practiced loyalty to family, father, and ancestors. This tradition was interrupted by the communist party, and economic and social changes.

Edmonds, Richard, and Smith, Richard. "China (country)"

2012 World Book. Desktop Download. Accessed 4-20-21

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Families are less formal today than they have ever been in China. Parents no longer require unquestioning obedience from their children, and most parents no longer arrange marriages for their kids.

Edmonds, Richard, and Smith, Richard. "China (country)"

2012 World Book. Desktop Download. Accessed 4-20-21

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Sons used to be more valued than daughters, because sons could bring in income for the family. This even went to the point were husbands could divorce their wife if she didn't bear him a son. Today however equality between genders is growing, although in some rural areas sons are stilled more prized.

Edmonds, Richard, and Smith, Richard. "China (country)"

2012 World Book. Desktop Download. Accessed 4-20-21

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Ties to families is often strong with often visits to see Aunts and Uncles.

Mintz, Steven. "Family (sociology)"

2012 World Book. Desktop Download. Accessed 4-20-21

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Nearly all children in China attend elementary school starting at the ages of 6 or 7. In elementary school they learn about art, Chinese, English, geography, history, math, music, science, PE, and political education.

Edmonds, Richard, and Smith, Richard. "China (country)"

2012 World Book. Desktop Download. Accessed 4-20-21

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After elementary school almost all students continue on to middle school. In middle school they learn about much of the same subjects, they also learn biology, chemistry, physics, and foreign languages.

Edmonds, Richard, and Smith, Richard. "China (country)"

2012 World Book. Desktop Download. Accessed 4-20-21

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After middle school some students continue on to senior middle school which goes for another 2 to 3 years.

Edmonds, Richard, and Smith, Richard. "China (country)"

2012 World Book. Desktop Download. Accessed 4-20-21

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Their are then exams that students study for intensely. If they score high they may enter a university to learn about economics, education, engineering, literature, medicine, and science.

Edmonds, Richard, and Smith, Richard. "China (country)"

2012 World Book. Desktop Download. Accessed 4-20-21

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Students that score lower in the exams might enter a technical college to study business and industry, they might study agriculture, industrial arts, nursing.

Edmonds, Richard, and Smith, Richard. "China (country)"

2012 World Book. Desktop Download. Accessed 4-20-21

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A man is to show dominance but kindness towards his wife. A woman is supposed to show love and obedience to her husband. A father is supposed to give offer and protection to his children. Children are supposed to give respect and obedience to their father.

Edmonds, Richard, and Smith, Richard. "China (country)"

2012 World Book. Desktop Download. Accessed 4-20-21

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Though Confucian law is no longer followed to the letter, children are still to respect their parents and anybody older that is around them. Elder family members are consulted on all big decisions and elders are cared for as they grow to old to care for themselves. Sending an older family member to a care home brings you shame.

Scroope, Chara, & Evason, Nina. "Chinese Culture (Family)"

Cultural Atlas, 2017. Web. Accessed: 4-23-21

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The whole family is represented by each individual, any decision you make will affect the reputation of your family. Because of this the family's interests should supersede your own.

Scroope, Chara, & Evason, Nina. "Chinese Culture (Family)"

Cultural Atlas, 2017. Web. Accessed: 4-23-21

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The eldest son traditionally was to care for the family if something happened to the father. It is a mother's job to take care of the children of the house which many times included other family members, whom became her kids. These practices are becoming less common in urban areas, though you can still find it in rural areas.

Scroope, Chara, & Evason, Nina. "Chinese Culture (Family)"

Cultural Atlas, 2017. Web. Accessed: 4-23-21

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Typically one would meet their future spouse through social gatherings, or friends. Today, online dating is gaining popularity. The government still encourages couples to marry later in life so that they can keep the population down. You even get better benefits if you don't marry young.

Scroope, Chara, & Evason, Nina. "Chinese Culture (Family)"

Cultural Atlas, 2017. Web. Accessed: 4-23-21