Position of a Family in Society

7.0 Society

Learn to understand questions and answers regarding various topics such as politics, studying and travelling.


Upon successful completion of this module, you should be able to:

  1. Give the English equivalent for any Chinese sentence in the lessons.
  2. Say any Chinese sentence in the lessons when cued with its English equivalent.
  3. Ask someone about the size of his family, which family members live at home, and where other family members live and why.
  4. Use the rules of Chinese etiquette in social visits: the proper times for visiting; the custom of offering refreshments to visitors and the type of response expected from the visitor; and some polite ways to end a social visit.
  5. Discuss the status, duties, and responsibilities of sons in the traditional Chinese family.
  6. Discuss the different relationships within the Chinese family, especially those between parents and children, and between mother-in- law and daughter-in-law.
  7. Explain why the large (extended) family was the ideal pattern in traditional Chinese society.
  8. Use the proper-terms for referring to your own or someone else’s children, and understand the terms for addressing one’s children directly; use the terms for paternal grandparents; use the terms for the parents of one’s friend.
  9. Understand why early marriage was a common practice in traditional China.
  10. Discuss the effects of the development of industry and business on traditional Chinese society.
  11. Discuss the concept of filial obedience.
  12. Compare the position of women in Chinese society before and after the founding of the People’s Republic of China.
  13. Discuss traditional marriage arrangements in China and the roles women were placed in as a result. Understand the government’s policy toward marriage after 19^9 and the actual changes that have occurred.
  14. Explain and defend some of your personal views on topics such as equality of the sexes, the status of women, living together, marriage, parent-child relationships, care of the elderly, the effects of political and economic conditions on society, crime, and drug abuse.