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HKBU POLS 3620, Family relation between China and Western Europe by Lai Hoi-ying (06013651) and Luk Yuen-ki (06018351)

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  • 1. Lai Hoi-ying, Hidy 06013651 Luk Yuen-ki, Karen 06018351
  • 2.
    • Behavioral, psychological & social relations among various members of the nuclear family & the extended family
  • 3.
    • China
    • “ Family as the centre of origin” ( 以家為本)
    • Family interest as the first priority
    • Western Europe
    • Individual as the centre of origin
    • Individual interest as the first priority
  • 4.
    • Family size
    • Family structure
    • Parents’ role and status in the family
    • Relations outside nuclear family
  • 5.
    • China
    • Bigger
    • More family members, e.g. more children, more generations
    • Western Europe
    • Smaller
    • Relatively less family members
    • Difficult to reach compromises through discussion (∵big family)
    • Father: the only decision-making body
    • Distant relationship between members
    • Closer relationship
    • between members
    • (nuclear family)
    • More open communication
    • More discussion and negotiation
  • 6.  
  • 7.
    • China
    • Normal family: Father + mother + Children
    • Tend not to divorce
    • Western Europe
    • Higher divorce rate
    • Family formed by different components
    • E.g. Single parent, Stepfather/ stepmother, recomposed family
    • More stable and simpler relation
    • More complicated relation
  • 8. 1: “Divorce is never justifiable” 10: “Divorce is always justifiable”
  • 9.
    • China
    • Father works outside, Mother stays at home and looks after children ( 男主外,女主內)
    • Father: authoritative
    • Mother: auxiliary ( 輔助 )
    • Unequal status: inclined to one-side
    • Less discussion
    • Western Europe
    • Both father and mother work
    • Friendly relation
    • Equal status: bilateral
    • Based on communication & negotiation
  • 10.
    • China
    • Better linkage with extended family (relatives)
    • Precedence maintenance between seniors and juniors( 長幼有序 )
    • Emphasize on appellation( 稱謂 )
    • E.g. different and clear appellation for relatives from father-side ( 伯 、叔、姑姐 ) and mother-side ( 舅、姨 )
    • Western Europe
    • Less linkage with extended family
    • Relation constrained more in nuclear family
    • Less emphasize on appellation
    • More casual
    • E.g. auntie, uncle
  • 11.  
  • 12.
    • Western Europe
    • Well-developed social welfare policy
    • E.g. pension, medical care
    • State supports the elderly
    • Individual as the centre of origin
    • When the children grow up  support their next generation
    • Little support to their parents
    • Parents  children
  • 13.
    • China
    • Under-developed social welfare policy
    • Family as the centre of origin
    • Children think they have the obligation and should support their parents
    • Parent < - > Children ( 反哺 )
    • E.g. HK: regular financial contribution ( 家用 ) to parents
  • 14.
    • Control the number of children in the nuclear family
    • Change the role of parents
    • Father: less authoritative, concern more on the child, more communication
    • Some parents even dote on their child, satisfy all desires of the child
    • Child: “little emperor” in the family
  • 15.
    • 14/03/2007 青 島 11 歲 女 童 因 母 親 不 肯 買 裙 ,
    • 危 坐 窗 台 威 脅 要 跳 樓
    • 14/03/2007 長 春 3 歲 男 童 被 父 母 縱 容 每
    • 玩 電 腦 遊 戲 逾 三 小 時 , 導 致 300 度 大 近 視
    • 01/03/2007 吉 林 梅 河 口 市 7 歲 男 童 因 母 親
    • 動 用 他 的 利 是 錢 , 用 燒 紅 的 鐵 枝 燙 傷 母 親
    • 右 腿
    • 20/02/2007 湖 南 益 陽 9 歲 男 童 沉 迷 玩 煙 花 ,被
    • 母 親 責 備 「 你 怎 麼 不 懂 節 制 ! 」 憤 而 從 二
    • 樓 住 所 跳 下
    • 05/02/2007 湖 南 長 沙 11 歲 男 童 問 67 歲 拿 一 塊
    • 錢 買 鞭 炮 不 果 , 將 關 在 門 外 捱 凍 四 小 時
  • 16.
    • China: Relation based on Family
    • Europe: Relation based on Individual
    • China: concern more on vertical (ancestors) and horizontal (relatives) relation
    • Europe: concern more on nuclear family
    • Social policies/ changes affect family relation in China and Europe

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