Family relationships in the East and West are very different. In the West, children are raised primarily by their parents, and are free to choose, make mistakes, and learn from them. Grandparents play less of a role in day-to-day life for these children. In the East, both parents and grandparents are actively involved in raising children, creating a child-orientated family structure that can be both beneficial and detrimental to their development.
Asians have always supported their children. According to the Vietnamese National Song, which was banned by the communist regime, “Students are the people that hold the hope of the future.” Asians know the importance of developing their children. By creating a child-oriented society, asians know that they will rely very heavily on the future successes of their children. For this reason, some asians will stop at nothing to keep their children on the right path, unfortunately leaving most asians sheltered and naive to the ways of the world.
Asian parents do these things because they do not want their children to fail. They have immigrated to other countries so that their children are able to receive the education that they themselves were not able to receive. Even though this does cause most asian children (especially females) to feel extreme pressure, asian parents should not be judged for trying to give their children the upper hand (by enrolling their children in tutoring courses or music classes). They should be praised. This act is a sign of investment (time and money). It is a sign of trust (in their children). It is, most importantly, a sign of love.
That’s why asian culture is so closely knit. In western culture, children are seen as individuals from a young age. They are weened from motherly affection at the age of 4, and they are taught that individualism and self-fulfillment are the most important goals in life. Asians see it a whole other way. Asian fidelity in marriage is extremely high because:
To asians, family isn’t only just a foundation, it’s the foundation. Asian children see their parents as hard-workers that will make necessary sacrifices for them. They see their aunts and uncles as loving and caring presences. They will trust their grandparents with any problems they may have. Asians grow up respecting their elders, and do not merely see their relatives as friends or acquaintances. This is why asians never address their family members by their first names. It is considered extremely rude, so asians show their respects by appending the “uncle” or “aunt” monikers.
The Child is an essential part of eastern society because Asians devote most their lives to creating productive and respectful offspring. This includes teaching proper etiquette, family values, and morals. This also includes instilling a sense of community, pride, and a strong work ethic. Asian fidelity in marriage is extremely high due to the fact that asians properly get involved in their children’s lives. To asians, children are not merely puppets, they are vehicles of hope and ambition that will one day return to their native countries to make a positive impact. Asians love their children for these reasons and more.
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