American and Chinese Perceptions and Belief Systems: A by L. Fu, P.S. Lao, Jean Bryson Strohl, Lorand B. Szalay

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By L. Fu, P.S. Lao, Jean Bryson Strohl, Lorand B. Szalay

Based on a comparative research of chinese language and American students,this particular examine bargains insights into the modern perspectives and values built in 3 assorted socio-political settings-the post-modern, business setting of the us; the socialistic setting of the People's Republic of China; and the constructing unfastened industry of Taiwan. Empirical info display formerly uncharted dimensions of cultural similarities, adjustments, and the consequences of other financial and social structures on people's perceptions in their international and significant modern problems.

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The demarcations vary as much as life settings. For instance, when living und er the same roof uncles and aunts are treated as family. " The PRC Chinese seem to be more interested in personal rapport than in blood relationship, as evidenced by their references to friends, classmates, comrades, teachers. The dominant sentiment is intimacy rather than love, although, to the Chinese these two words are two sides of the coin. Relatives are described as dear and warm-hearted. The PRC Chinese stress the importance of mutual assistance and help among relatives as well as the need for good, harmonious relations.

S. Taiwanese fathers are considered more affable and kinder than American ones, as weIl as more of an authority and model; but also more bad-tempered, cold and unreasonable. By comparison American fathers are rather neutral. S. S. and Taiwan: at the age of 18 an American child is supposed to be independent of his father (and mother), but a Taiwanese is forever his father's child -- he can always come back to ask his father's help, spiritually and materiaIly. 23 FATHER Main Perceptions and Evaluations by PRC and Taiwanese College Students DAD,FAMILY MOTHER,PARENTS AUTHORITY,STERN MAN,MALE,APPEARANCE BAD,HYPERCRITICAl LOVE ,U NDERSTAND,GOOD WORKER,INDUSTRIOUS WAGES ,MONEY,CAR JOB,CAREER -t.

To a lesser extent he is considered silent, cordial, honest, and a friend. His position involves hardship, love and responsibility. The father serves as the pillar of the family, a strong and severe authority. This group expresses the most negative attitude toward father, describing hirn as hypercritical, unreasonable, cold, bad tempered, unable to bridge the generation gap, diseased and hedonistic. The father and the children belong to different generations, growing up in two different periods and two different societies -- an agricultural society and an industrial society.

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