Elder, China, America

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The “Old Before Her Time” by Katherine Barrett is about how the elderly are treated in American culture. The Journals are about a twenty-six-year-old woman who devoted to three years in experiencing a new life by transforming herself into an eighty-five-year-old woman. The way Chinese people treat senior citizens is very different from what is discussed about American is the article. Filial Piety is the essential to Chinese culture. That traditional Confucianism is the ethical and philosophical system of china, which has been influencing Chinese culture for more than two thousand years. In Chinese culture, people considerably value three elements of dealing with elderly: Courtesy, Respect and Obedience.

First, the elderly are ignored in America, “Just because I looked different, people either condescended or they totally dismissed me.” (Barrett 41). The young professionals ignored an elder, Pat Moore, in the gerontology conference. She was disregarded, no one wanted to talk to her. The young professionals did not pass her coffee. The only thing Pat Moore could do was sitting on her chair. The issue of treating elderly in Chinese culture seems being taken more seriously than that in the American culture. In Chinese culture, courtesy is the major premise to treat the elderly. Juniors would deal with the elders more politely and modestly. The courtesy is the most important concept of treating the grandparents or any senior persons. For example, when I have dinner with my whole family, my grandmother should have the food first. Above, the elder people have been treated extremely different form that in the America.

Second, lower class people are not respected in America, “I found out that class affects is a very important factor when you’re old.” (Barrett 43). In the journal Clearwater, Florida, January 1981, on page 43, the children did not even think of Pat Moore as a person, they hit her by handful gravels, and laughed at her. It is just because Pat Moore was...
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