Adultism in Chinese Culture
One day, Mrs. Smith is in her greengrocer’s shop. There are many people waiting in her shop to buy things. While she was serving his customers, a small boy runs into the shop. He pushes in front of the people and wants talk to Mrs. Smith. However, the people in the shop think that he also wants buy things but without line the queue. So, they are unhappy toward his action and starting to scold him. “Children today! They are so rude! They can’t wait! They always want to be first! Young people must learn to wait. You can’t push in front of people. You are not the only customer in the shop, you know?” Mrs. Smith said. The small boy try to explain but there are no people giving any chance for him to talk and ignore him. Then, Mrs. Smith continues serving her customer. Due to some of the customer’s request, she goes out the shop to take something. A minutes later she runs in again and shouting that her car had been stolen. The small boy tells that he saw two men near her car and drove it away. “Why didn’t you tell me?” She turns to him and shouts in an angry voice. He tried to tell her, but nobody listened to him.
Nowadays, Young people are often mistreated and disrespected simply because they are young. Adults usually put their influence and authority without regard for the experiences, feeling, or opinions of youth. “This form of social control, coupled with the negative perceptions of young people that are prevalent in our society, leads to adultism.” (Velazquez and Garin-Jones, 2003). The Free Child Project defined that the word adultism refers to behaviors and attitudes based on the assumption that adults are better than young people, and entitled to act upon young people without their agreement. This mistreatment is reinforced by social institutions, laws, customs, and attitudes (http://freechild.org). It expressed by treating the young person as weak, helpless and less intelligent than adults. So, they are more controlled by...
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