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Lesson 2 The concept of family
16:28, July 15, 2008

Zhōng guó rén de jiā tíng guān niàn
中 国 人 的 家 庭 观 念


Zhōng guó rén de jiā tíng guān niàn hĕn qiáng 。 Zhè yǔ zhōng guó jĭ qiān nián de
中 国 人 的 家 庭 观 念 很 强 。 这 与 中 国 几 千 年 的
chuán tǒng guān niàn yǒu guān 。 Zhōng guó rén tè bié zhòng shì dà jiā tíng 。 Yĭ
传 统 观 念 有 关 。 中 国 人 特 别 重 视 大 家 庭 。 以
qián sì guān tóng táng bìng bù xiăn jiàn , xiàn zài sān shì tóng táng bĭ bĭ jié
前 四 世 同 堂 并 不 鲜 见 。 现 在 三 世 同 堂 比 比 皆
shì 。 Qīng nián nán nǚ jié hūn hòu , xǔ duō hái hé fù mǔ zhù zài Yĭ
是 。 青 年 男 女 结 婚 后 , 许 多 还 和 父 母 住 在 一
qĭ , Zhè yàng tā men kĕ yĭ zhào gù lăo rén , lăo rén yĕ kĕ yĭ bāng
起 , 这 样 他 们 可 以 照 顾 老 人 , 老 人 也 可 以 帮
zhù tā men zhào gù hái zi 。 Zūn lăo ài yòu shì zhōng guō rén de chuán tǒng
助 他 们 照 顾 孩 子 。 尊 老 爱 幼 是 中 国 人 的 传 统
mĕi dé 。 Mĕi măn hé mù de dà jiā tíng huì shòu dào rén men de zūn jìng
美 德 。 美 满 和 睦 的 大 家 庭 会 受 到 人 们 的 尊 敬
hé chēng zàn 。 Xiàn zài nián qīng rén yǒu jié hūn hòu dú lì shēng huó de qū
和 称 赞 。 现 在 年 轻 人 有 结 婚 后 独 立 生 活 的 趋
xiàng , dàn mĕi féng jié jià rì dōu yào qù kàn wàng lăo rén , yóu qí shì
向 , 但 每 逢 节 假 日 都 要 去 看 望 老 人 , 尤 其 是
“ zhōng qiū jié ” hé “ chūn jié ” 。
“ 中 秋 节 ” 和 “ 春 节 ” 。

The concept of family

The concept of "family" is extremely important to the Chinese people. It is steeped in thousands of years of Chinese culture and tradition. Large families are especially highly regarded. In the old days, it was not uncommon to find four generations of family living under the same roof. These days, it is still possible to find at least three generations living together. Many people continue to live with their parents after marriage. This enables them to care for their elders. Likewise, grandparents can help care for their grandchildren. Respect for the aged and love for young children are regarded as traditional virtues of the Chinese people. A happy and harmonious family is greatly respected and admired. In recent years, more and more young married couples have chosen to live apart from their parents. However, they still frequently visit their parents, especially during important festivals such as the Mid-autumn Festival and the Spring Festival.

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