A Comparative Study of Family Values from Chinese and American Family Structures and Relationships
School of Foreign Languages Of Henan University of Technology Supervisor: Du Qiaoge
May 26, 2011
Many people deserve my sincere thanks for helping me in various aspects and at various stages of completing this paper. First of all, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to my supervisor, Du Qiaoge, who has generously given me so much of her time to read through the whole thesis and has offered me warm support and great encouragement. I cannot thank her enough for her constructive suggestions, word forword scrutiny, and other expert guidance. Without her painstaking instruction, the completion of the present thesis would not have been possible. My thanks also go to the scholars who have done a lot of research work on the comparison of different family values, and to the authors whose works I have quoted directly and indirectly. Furthermore, I should also record very special thanks to my teammates Lei Pan and Liu Sa who gave me their patience and time in helping me with my work as a leader of this team during the tense course of the thesis. Last but not the least, my thanks would go to my beloved parents for their loving considerations and great confidence in me all through four years. Without their understanding and mutual support, I do not think I could enjoy the fouryear university life. I also owe my sincere gratitude to my friends who supported me and accompanied me during the difficult course of the thesis.
The core proposition of this paper is the comparison of Chinese and American family values. As is well known that family values are the core of the research system of cultural values that play a decisive role in guiding the behaviors of family members. The family is the epitome of social formation and the basic unit of a society. Therefore, family members’ values directly affect their speeches and behaviors in society, i.e. values of the whole society lie on family values to a large extent and the role of family values is obvious. This paper adopts the intuitionistic method of paralleling comparison, and sets up a bridge of communication between two entirely different family values through a series of comparative discussion from the roots. It aims at promoting mutual understanding of the core orientation of family values between Chinese and American people, and makes it easier to understand each other’s behavioral patterns, hence to generate common value orientation on the basis of seeking common points while reserving differences，and have reference when dealing with family issues. This paper chooses the comparative study of Chinese and American family values as the theme, and makes the following analysis from the aspect of family structures and relationships. Part one gives a brief introduction of the concept and meaning of family values as well as the general structure of this thesis. Part two is the comparative analysis of effects of both family structures and relationships on family values between China and America, combining with the causes forming the differences. Part three comparatively studies a series of family issues under different family values. Part four puts forward some solutions of these family issues accordingly. In part five the author sums up the whole thesis and once again points out the importance of comparative study in this thesis.
Key words: family values; family structures; family relationships; family issues
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