Filial Piety Case Study

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V. Conclusion
5.1 Summary of the Study
This thesis has studied the differences of Chinese and Western filial piety with research data collected from the film Pushing hands. After compared the different filial piety behaviour among East and West, the cultural reasons of the differences was explored.
In the first chapter, it firstly described the globalization and aging problem as the background. Then, this chapter further gives the justification for the research as well as the objectives, and finally chapter one displayed the organization of whole study.
In the second chapter, it reviewed the previous studies of filial piety that have been described. The definitions of traditional filial piety are first established and followed by present-day
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In contract, English appellation shows equality so that old people in West do not have the same expectation. This result somewhat proves the findings by Laidlaw, Wang, Coelho and Power(2010): Chinese remain invested in the concept of filial piety, whereas westerners were not. In contrast, however, regarding the attitude towards “old” or aging, the present study shows a totally different findings with them, which is that Chinese people are more positive than western people towards aging.

Another finding of the present study is that the active filial piety that pays more attention to respect for parents is still rooted in Chinese people’s mind, while the passive filial piety emphasizing obedience to parents has decreased in Chinese society. This finding result is similar with previous study result that “Authoritarian filial piety may be decreasing in modern Chinese societies as a consequence of modernization and exposure to Western influence”(Kuang- Hui Yeh and Olwen
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Since this study focus on analyze the filial piety in a film and the data is limited, so that it could be doubt that the result can not represent the two cultures validity. Different case studies may cause different findings. Hence, as for future studies, it is better to conduct both qualitative and quantitative study to investigate more aspects which will enrich the comparative study of filial piety.
In addition, the change in results may be due to change of time period. This study only examined the family values that people pursuit in nowadays. Future studies could also conduct research into the trend of filial piety in the future or explore the development and change of filial piety in the process of personal growth.
In order to enhance our intercultural communicative competence, people should not only understand their own culture, but also realize other cultures in the world. With a better understanding of the differences of two cultures, one will be better communicate with others. In this way, the exchange between people of different cultural backgrounds will become possible and smooth so that some evitable misunderstandings and conflicts can be
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