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

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

Based on a comparative research of chinese language and American students,this exact examine deals insights into the modern perspectives and values built in 3 various socio-political settings-the post-modern, commercial atmosphere of the us; the socialistic surroundings of the People's Republic of China; and the constructing loose industry of Taiwan. Empirical information exhibit formerly uncharted dimensions of cultural similarities, changes, and the results of alternative fiscal and social platforms on people's perceptions in their global and significant modern problems.

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Mastering a field of knowledge and cultivating their mind are perhaps the most important demands made on children. Being smart is emphasized here more than among the other three groups. The Taiwanese consider children very innocent, but also described as naughty, disobedient, and a burden to others. 2 0ne reason parents have no qualms about giving their offspring over to be educated is that the values of obedience, diligence, and respect for authority demanded in the c\assroom are also those expected in the horne.

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.

1 A Taiwanese child has to pass many examinations to be admitted to various kinds and levels of schools. Studies are their life-Iong jobs. Taiwanese are most like Americans in their emphasis on toys, playing, and happiness. Americans are, in great contrast to the Taiwanese, only slightly concerned about children's behavior. The major exceptions are fighting and being noisy. For the Taiwanese, children being naughty or disobedient is a major concern. Unlike Americans, Taiwanese do not think of sex in the context of children.

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