In China they have about 1.3 billion people, making up a little more than 20% of the world’s population. It’s no surprise that with that many people in one country that the culture there would hold many different beliefs and traditions. Chinese are known for many things and their health care practices are one of them. They use different medicines to treat the ill, have different techniques to insure that women have a good pregnancy and a healthy baby as well as old family traditions from how a family is ran to what they do when someone passes away. A lot of these traditions can compare to other cultures where many are also so different it takes some understanding to get used to them.
Family plays a huge role in the Chinese culture. As in a lot of cultures, the Chinese family is run by the father and husband of the household. He makes most of the family decisions and plays a huge role in the decisions his children make. Traditionally the father would arrange marriages for his children, guide them in the career to go and make sure that he raised strong kids who would help contribute to the family when older. Today the father figure still plays a dominant role but no longer arranges marriages for their children. He does however still influence them on their decisions but does not make them for his children. In most cases children will live with their parents until married. It is not uncommon however for a newly married couple to stay living with the husbands parents for a short time after marriage. Even though fathers in the family play a huge role, mothers play a greater role in the daily lives of their children. The Chinese preferred to have son’s who would be able to take care of them when they were older. Daughter in-laws were considered the low man on the totem pole and in the old days were actually considered slaves to their in-laws, doing whatever was needed to make their mother-in-law happy. Mothers of sons... [continues]
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