Why do Americans put their parents in the nursing room after their parents retired? Why do Chinese parents come to the university dorm to visit their children every weekend? Why do Chinese and Americans treat their parents and children varied? Family values are the core of cultural values, and it has decisive influence on the behavior of the members in the family. The values of family members have direct effect on people’s behavior and thinking. Because of the different histories and geographical environments, religions and beliefs, family value is the most prominent culture difference between Chinese and American. The values of the society rely on people’s family values in a large degree.
Chinese would seem to have made families even more central in the society than Americans. Chinese make a substantial bequest to their families, while Americans pledge their wealth to charity. Chinese ancestors prefer to save their heritage to their offspring. Since 2,000 years ago, on the emperor’s death, the title passed to his sons. Today, the Chinese parents passed on the family’s wealth to their children as well. In their minds, they are more than happy to help the next generation to get ahead in life. However, the Americans are more likely to donate their heritage to the whole society. For example, Bill Gates, who founded Microsoft, announced that after his death that he would donate most of his property under the name of charity. He also asked hundreds of billionaire Americans to make a moral commitment to give away their wealth to charity.
Family in China means not only mom, dad and kids. It also includes all manner of extended family: grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and in-laws. Most of the family members will live closed by. During Chinese festival, family members will gather together and do some activities. In Chinese university, it is very easy to see a group of relatives come to dorm and help their kids clean their room, do their laundry, cook their food....
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