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

Based on a comparative research of chinese language and American students,this special examine bargains insights into the modern perspectives and values built in 3 varied socio-political settings-the post-modern, business setting of the USA; the socialistic atmosphere of the People's Republic of China; and the constructing unfastened marketplace of Taiwan. Empirical info exhibit formerly uncharted dimensions of cultural similarities, variations, and the results of other financial and social structures on people's perceptions in their international and significant modern problems.

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As with mother, the PRC Chinese foeus on the personality charaeteristies of father: kind, good, earnest, lovable, dear; but at the same time foreeful, bold and resolute. Of the three Chinese groups, they come dosest to Americans (but with less emphasis) in placing father in relation to other family members: children, sons, brothers and sisters, grandfather. Tbey see father as head and pillar of the family, as a teacher, and respeetable person of lofty status, dignity, and strength. He may be severe but fair-minded.

In extreme contrast to both the American and the Mainlander groups, the Taiwanese make almost no reference to father, mother, or their partnership. They do refer to family and children in general and to the extended family. The Taiwanese stress the role of parents in bringing up children, educating and directing them. They appreciate the parents' hard work and sacrifice,and acknowledge their obligation to repay and take care of their parents for their watchful and protective upbringing. They are acutely aware of their indebtedness.

Americans see fatber as a friend. Taiwanese View: Solemn, Authority, Money-maker. The Taiwanese also focus on the personality cbaracteristics of father: he is most often described as solemn but also as kindly and affable. 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.

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