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For the last two decades Chinese families have gone through a lot of changes Much of the old structure and many of the old values of the traditional family have been replaced with a modern twist The stereotyped view of the Chinese family was that of a large family with several generations and immediate families all living together being self sufficient providing child and elderly care Some of this is no longer true for the modern Chinese family that mainly has a structure of a husband and a wife living with their children and sometimes with their parents Only a small number of Chinese families may have relatives living nearby Because of that the Chinese family no longer performs the function of providing help with child and elderly care However we continue to emphasize the values of family and to maintain close family links There is a strong bond between parents children and the other family members In the Chinese culture the family is most important Men continue to have the dominant position in the family with decision making Today Chinese women are acquiring equality with men by contributing to income or labor in the family business Chinese families still feel that womens roles are primarily for the raising of children and the running of the home The roles of the mother and the father are still a bit looked at like segregated The Chinese saying The man is responsible for the external and the woman is responsible for the internal is still true in many Chinese families It means that the mans job is to work earning money for the family while the womans job is to take care of the household that the man can enjoy a comfortable and trouble-free family life Even though today Chinese women work outside the house they are still the main people responsible for the care and upbringing of children But before Chinese culture became modernized the women
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