Shi argues that the change in preference does not mean that the society is feminized. Instead, many elderly parents tend to emphasize an emotional bond, particularly with their daughters. One of the reasons for the increase in the importance of the emotional bond between parents and their children is the transformation of post-marital residence from “patrilocal to neolocal among newly-wed couples” (p.351). Unlike the marriage and residence form in the past, now, most of the new couples are living with neither groom’s family nor the bride’s
Traditions encompass all the values in a certain community or society. From older to newer traditions, all these social customs went under a process of acceptance and change once. The values represented by the traditional family structures were always considered to be crucial in the building of a healthy society. However, nowadays, the concept of the traditional family has changed and given room to other interpretations as well. Whether they may like it or not, some people should consider these new concepts and respect them just as today’s generations do it.
The importance of grandchildren/offspring can be linked to a contextual element that is crucial to the film, this is Confucianism. Confucius emphasised the fulfilment of duties , ‘Filial piety’ can be anything from simple chores or expectations but for first sons or only sons such as Wai-Tung he has a duty to continue on the family name by producing offspring. It is one of Confucius’ beliefs that your life is unfulfilled if you do not have children and this is a sentiment that is still apparent in China
Regardless of personal or professional evidence-based theories, Confucianism is the trademark cornerstone of traditional Chinese culture (Na, 2016). Confucianism is vitally important to the political and social order of traditional Chinese culture. The tenets of Confucian philosophy’s hierarchy revolve around five relationships: 1) Those who are ruled must obey their ruler, 2) Sons must obey their fathers, 3) Wives must obey their husbands, 4) Younger brothers must obey their older brothers, and 5) Friends must respect friends. Additionally, women were taught to obey man and children were taught to obey their parents and respect their elders (Video Education America, 2013). The forefront of Confucianism is founded upon respect and obedience which does not endorse or promote
In a recent article by The Straits Times, it addresses the importance of traditional family values in the Asian culture where ‘filial piety, humility and a focus on family should be promoted’. (Chun, Sunday Times) On the other hand, family values in a Western culture are more open-minded, where the bond between parent and child resemble a friendship. We embody the traditional family values of the culture we were born into, whether it is Asian or Western, which contributes to our behavior, character and personality. As a result, this indicates that although media is a key factor in shaping who we are, there are other significant influences that attribute to the construction of our individual
A significant feature in Confucian tradition regards the concept of “xiao”, or filial piety, a virtue of respect for one’s parents and ancestors. Recently, this concept has obtained increased interest, as many are analyzing possible interpretations and meanings to various Confucius passages. This paper discusses more specifically the motivation or reasoning behind some acts of filial piety, arguing that a son’s filial actions stem from basic human nature versus lying within moral uprightness. The discussion begins with a survey of existing views on the topic before introducing the crux of the essay and possible objections. One particular controversial passage portrays a conversation between the governor of She and Confucius.
Ilesanmi (2009) gives a rather normative definition of culture stating that it is the sole criterion by which human endeavours acquire their authenticity. The decisions an individual takes are guided by the specific way of life embodied in the cultures that they were raised in. Culture is most important with regards to how we experience life events such as marriage, death and puberty thus giving a sense of identity. Struggles for liberation were also struggles for identity and cultural preservation because colonialism undermined cultures (Gawanas, 2009). After states gained independence they had to consider if, and to what extent, they wanted to preserve traditional values and cultural systems.
Honesty is one of them. To define a person is upright or not, we should consider various components of uprightness. Most importantly, filial piety is the most crucial virtue in Chinese culture because families are the basis of a society. In ancient times, even the empire have to listen to his mother. Mencius also gave an example talking about filial piety and loyalty.
Confucius who lived from 551-479 BC, was a Chinese teacher and philosopher. He emphasized on personal morality, the way in which social relationships should be approached and many more such as justice. He had strong loyalty to his family and has huge respect of elders. A huge saying that has lived on for years is his principle “Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself”, which will be discussed throughout this essay. The Analects is a text structured by a group of Confucius followers which noted key terms of ethical perspectives.
The preference of women to have one to three children today has changed the norm of having a stem family. The thesis made by James M. Raymo, Hyunjoon Park, Yu Xie, and Wei-jun Jean Yeung, Marriage and Family in East Asia: Continuity and Change, aims to describe the recent trends in marriage and fertility in East Asian countries