The history we looked at the traditional idea of family in China through the importance of its history the moment we look at the changes that have taken place over the once six decades as China has gone through the Cultural Revolution and opened itself up to the world.

Maoist China to Modern Day Mao saw the clan and the family as institutions that kept the peasants oppressed, so he issued several programs to break down the family structure. Families were made to eat in the cafeteria;

Which meant that the home didn’t need a kitchen, children were raised in daycare centers rather than watched for by cousins, parents were cremated rather than buried, and ancestor tablets( family records) and ancestral halls were destroyed in the Cultural Revolution.

Mao’s sweats to remove the family from the center of Chinese life eventually failed, but not before destroying some aspects of traditional culture.

Utmost families lost their extended family records when ancestral tabernacles were destroyed. This has led to a major change in China, with the family now seen as 3 living generations, largely forgotten.

My friend is a loyal socialist and a hot protector of the party( who wrote about joining the party), but the loss of his family history is an act he has not forgiven Mao. The tabernacles haven’t been rebuilt, and utmost of the ancestor deification has faded.

The Chinese Family Under Mao

The socialists changed the family in a more abecedarian way by giving Chinese women the same rights as Chinese men. This means that further women are now working outside the home, and women now exercise their right to disjoin.

This governance has changed how parents view their children, as it’s now believed that it’s better to pass from son to son if you want to be sure that you’ll be looked after in withdrawal.

The adding part of women in the plant has left a gap in the family structure for child care. In communist times manufactories erected daycares to remove the significance of family. When state-possessed enterprises were privatized they closed their daycares.

To break this problem, it has come common for grandparents to come to help with the child’s parenting numerous times. That’s why indeed moment it’s common for three generations to live together under one roof.

Attempts to vulgarize cremation have largely failed. The periodic Qingming jubilee( Grave drawing Day) always reveals dozens of sepultures in the country.

I flashback to going to the grave with a Chinese friend. Her family tried to revive some kind of tradition, but it was clear that the incense and strange prayers were coming from a hazy memory of the history.

Hereafter we will see how the Chinese view the significance of family, and some common arrangements that nonnatives find strange.


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