A Comparative Study of Family Values Between China and America

960 Words Jun 15th, 2011 4 Pages
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…
However, for the last two decades, Chinese families have gone through numerous dynamic changes by economic and political reasons. Although Chinese family were normatively extended, it was unusual to find a family with a truly large group of relatives living together. Anyway, there is still a strong bond between parents, children and other family members. Filial piety is still deeply rooted in the minds of most Chinese, which explains why many elder people, if not live with their children, live not far from them. If Americans are asked to name the members of their families, family structure becomes clear. Most American people will mention their spouse and children, if they have any, because most Americans believe a typical family structure is nuclear family, consisting of a husband, wife and their children, living in a house or apartment. After their children coming of age, their grown children usually move out of their parents’ household and start to live on their own. American culture that incarnates individual freedom and diversity also exerts great influence on this comparison. To sum up, the American culture believes in diversity, which results in a more diverse family structure. The majority of Americans would