Introduction The concept of filial piety is everything to do with putting the needs and interest of your family before your own needs. There are many ways for a person to show filial piety. Some of the ways are through, support for the parents, showing unconditional love, be obedient towards elders and to have respect for the family’s ancestors. Filial piety was originated between 200 and 500 AD and it was the idea of a Chinese philosopher named Confucius. He believed that the key to running a good society was to show respect for ones elders.
There is a traditional Chinese proverb “百善孝为先” meaning that “filial piety is the most important among hundreds of virtues”. Filial piety is one of the fundamental virtue and primary duty in Asian culture, which means that being good to one’s parents. This idea is often used to guide how children should treat their parents in terms of comforts and welfare. Further, filial piety is a culturally embedded social norm, which allows parents to shape their children’s value, attitudes and behavior (Wang et al. 2010, 22).
In the book chapter Culture, Power, and the Discourse of Filial Piety in Japan: The Disempowerment of Youth and Its Social Consequences, Hashimoto articulates well her critical point of view on what she calls “the piety ideology” and its social consequences of among Japan’s youth, giving many examples of youth’s disobedience and resistance against adults, especially parents. She argues that although the family law dissolved Ie system and implemented western ideal of nuclear family, which values equality, individual rights, freedom of choice, and voluntary unions had changed the children’s expectation for their relationship between their parents, the parents’ expectation for the filial piety (Oyakoko) has not changed. As she states the importance of obedience in Japanese family, she explains the details of how Japanese family, especially mother and teachers at school play an important role to create the filial child who understands the value of filial piety though the piety socialization and discourse. To explain how the piety ideology has survived in post-war Japan, she introduces three narratives to understand the piety discourse and its history. First, she states that the sacrificial mother and a strong mother-child tie enhance the reproduction of obedience by exposing child with the interchange of sacrifices between mother
Filial piety was usually practiced at home with the parents. Filial piety came from Confucianism, which was the main religion during the ancient times in China. Filial piety is a concept, even the emperors followed. The way everyone respected the emperor was the way most of the civilization treated their elders, teachers, parents and other’s parents. Throughout time, filial piety is gradually fading away due to the practice.
Liji gained in China an exceptional value. This was because it was believed that they were created by the sages of antiquity, in accordance with the nature of people and the cosmic order of all things. The members of the society were required to comply with it, that is, to behave properly, adequately to the situation. The execution of the Liji (in any sense of the term) was essential for the ancient Chinese: It balances the world and fills it with harmony - that to which all things must tend. Confucius said that without Liji public order is impossible, and hence there cannot be well-being or prosperity in the country.
Finnley Maier Hist 281 Essay 1: Lady Hyegyong According to Confucian principals, filial piety is an admired characteristic that means that one possesses a great respect for one’s parents and ancestors. Instead of asking in what parts of the memoir does filial piety come into play, I think that’s it not unreasonable to see that the whole memoir is about piety. Filial piety is the main root in this story and the driving force and in the lives of this royal Korean family. Piety doesn’t just apply to biological parents and blood relatives; it is almost revered more when it’s for in-laws. Though parents treat their children differently according to their genders, the constant characteristic that is sought after and admired in a child is filial piety regardless of parental treatment.
Chinese people believe that only those who are concerned with and practice filial devotion to their parents would be honest, faithful, and be grateful to others and seek ways to return their kindness" (Lao, 2007, P.19) To respect parents is the basic factor to achieve a harmonious family and is also the basic factor to have a harmonious country. The Chinese family is relatively more conservative than the American family.
Known as filial piety, this duty to father became deeply ingrained in Chinese civilization.” Even though all obedience had to be given to the father, respect for the mother was also expected, but not to the level of the father. With that it is the main understanding that children were required to showing solitude to parents , if not there would be no way in reforming a stable community, and administration. In the end it makes the most sense to say that the contribution of order in a society and government have had the biggest influence on Confucianism in the Han Dynasty of 206 B.C all the way to 220 A.D as it is resembled in the display of education, relationships, and family
Linguistics ‘Politeness is considered to be a universal feature of language but it’s pragmatic, linguistic, social, intentional, and conceptual realisations vary considerably across different languages and/or cultures.’ Brief outline of Confucianism - When discussing the topic of politeness in Chinese culture it is important to address the concept of Confucianism and the role that it played in forming what Chinese culture is today. Confucianism can be defined as a way of life that was first established by Confucius in the 6th–5th century BCE. Confucianism is a western term used to describe the set of values propagated by Confucius himself, this set of rules and values have been the foundations of Chinese society for over two millennia; this
(Fisher, 2014, p. 195) Daoism is keeping a low profile, seeking stillness, humility, and quietness. (Fisher, 2014, p. 196) There are beliefs in faith healing, talismans, and longevity of life via inner alchemy. (Fisher, 2014, p. 197) Confucianism is based upon morality, an orderly society, education, and the hear-and-now. (Fisher, 2014, p. 207, 211, 216) Confucianism focus is on hierarchical relationships of parent and child, teacher and student, ruler and subject, friend and friend with the understanding of mutual reciprocity. (Fisher, 2014, 209-210) These relationships evolve at home, and the morality taught transcends outward towards society and government.