The Great Wall in Ruins

The Great Wall in Ruins

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This book presents a survey of rural and urban Chinese people examining the dramatic changes in traditional culture that have taken place, and documenting the nature of contemporary Chinese culture. Chu and Ju examine attitudes about family relations, social relations, job preferences and work ethic, organizational relations, community life, and belief systems. Although there remains some limited continuity with the past, mainly in family stability, the book shows how lifestyle and values in post-Mao China today reveal a radical departure from traditional Chinese culture. The authors discover that Chinese people no longer endorse the Confucian precepts of harmony and tolerance, nor do they submit compliantly to authority as previous generations did. They now demonstrate, in an environment of rising aspirations and mounting frustration, a new assertiveness, as seen in the tragic outburst in the Tiananmen demonstrations.We asked only for their preference. ... The higher the education, the higher the preference for living away from parents. ... This question implied that spanking is acceptable, so that the respondents did not have to cover up their actual practice.

Title:The Great Wall in Ruins
Author:Godwin C. Chu, Yanan Ju
Publisher:SUNY Press - 1993-09-30


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