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The Culture of China Community Roles and Values The home of a Chinese citizen generally consists of their parents and siblings However there is a rule of a One child policy where only one child is allowed in a household In Chinese families grandparents frequently look after the child whilst the parents proceed to work They also endorse the concept of equality between man and women Equality is a value treasured by the Chinese Men and women work equally hard to earn a living Accordingly they both play similar roles inside and outside the home Ie it is considered normal in China to see both sexes contributing in shopping cooking housework and looking after the children Giving gifts is also dearest to the culture of China Generally it is a custom to bring a gift when invited to a home as it signifies respect and politeness These gifts are usually flowers or fruit Although the more expensive the gift the greater the perceived respect to the recipient A gift is usually offered with two hands and also received with two hands Traditionally it is unlikely to greet strangers with the occasional Hello or How are you as it is also considered strange to give handshakes when initially meeting someone Moreover conversations upon first meetings are very different compared to the Western styled conversations For example it is fairly common for people on first hand to ask about a persons age job yearly salary and dating status Family Roles and Values The relationship between the parent and child is generally universal Parents are not dominant over their children as they do not expect outstanding discipline from the child only with the exception of respecting others Nevertheless parents are still strict by the means of law and order but are also extremely compassionate for their childs misconduct Most young citizens marry on the foundation of their love and affection towards each other rather than arranged marriages
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