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Chinese Culture vs American Culture Chinese and Americans are very different right The Chinese believe that the family is more important than the Individual Americans dont conform to the family but do we not all try to fit into a social group or other group Are we really that different from the Chinese In traditional Chinese culture women are subservient to men ancestors are worshipped and baby males are precious while baby girls are a burden These ideals were true of people living in their native country China Some of these values or views came with immigrants who immigrated to the United States In traditional Chinese culture most marriages are arranged the grooms family usually buys the bride Women are taught to stay in the kitchen and to obey and take commands from the husband In the movie The Joy Luck Club Aunt Lindo is sold to a family when she is only four years old when she goes to the family she is fifteen Upon arrival she finds her husband is still a child around eleven years old and he makes her sleep on the floor This example illustrates the view that family is more important than the individual Also women are discouraged from pursuing an education or career by being taught to obey their husbands and raise a family They are taught to do housework and raise children not to have a career Another aspect of Chinese culture is when a child is successful at something that reflects highly on the family This is illustrated in The Joy Luck Club when Waverly Lindos Daughter is an extremely talented chess player and her mother brags to all her friends that her daughter is brilliant However this does put a lot of stress and strain on a child and eventually caused Waverly to quit playing chess Success in the children makes the family looked upon highly in the community and that is
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