Understanding Chinese Families: A Comparative Study of Taiwan and Southeast China

Hardcover | January 10, 2010

byC. Y. Cyrus Chu, Ruoh-Rong Yu

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This book provides the reader with a comprehensive introduction to the distinguishing features of Chinese families. This first full scale study seeks to understand Chinese families within the Chinese social context and draws comparisons with existing western theories and models of the family.It also explores the connection between two Chinese societies across the Taiwan Strait and investigates if the unique features of Chinese families can be applied to broaden the scope of family analysis in general. This book covers ten core areas, including co-residence, marriage, fertility,education, mobility, gender preferences, family supports, filial feedbacks, housework allocation, and the dynamics of family norm changes. The book uses theory-based empirical studies with data collected from a unique panel survey conducted in various areas across the Taiwan Strait, namely Taiwan and Southeast China. The two focal points of the study are geographically close, ethnically homogeneous, and are open to the modern marketeconomy. A comprehensive analysis of these two areas provides new insights into the similarities and differences of Chinese families, to what extent they are distinct from Western ones, and how these similarities and differences were formed. The uniquely complex nature of intra-family interactionsin Chinese families and the rapidly changing social background against which these interactions occur make this a hugely fascinating topic.

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This book provides the reader with a comprehensive introduction to the distinguishing features of Chinese families. This first full scale study seeks to understand Chinese families within the Chinese social context and draws comparisons with existing western theories and models of the family.It also explores the connection between two ...

C. Y. Cyrus Chu received his PhD in economics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. In 1985 Dr Chu joined the faculty of Economics of the National Taiwan University, he is also currently Distinguished Research Fellow of the Institute of Economics, Academia Sinica. His research interests include demographic economics, family econ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:January 10, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199578095

ISBN - 13:9780199578092

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Table of Contents

James J. Heckman: Foreword1. Introduction to Chinese Families2. Social Backgrounds of China and Taiwan3. Co-residence and Family Size4. Family Fertility5. Marriage Patterns6. Housework and Household Decisions7. Revealed Son Preferences8. The Role of the Family in Child Education9. Intergenerational Mobility10. Family Reciprocal Supports11. Parental Transfers and Child Feedbacks12. Changing Gender Preferences in Taiwan13. Concluding Remarks