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Copy of Chinese vs. American

similarities and Differences

grant kirchhoff

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BibliographyChinese Adolescents’ Decision Making. N.p., n.d. Web.http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1052&context=famconfacpub.“Chinese Students.” Learning Diversity in a Chinese Classroom. N.p., n.d. Web. http://www.ijhssnet.com/journals/Vol_2_No_3_February_2012/2.pdfhttp://reposit ory.cmu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1084&context=hsshonors.“Do Asian-American Parents Push Their Kids.” Pacific Standard. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 ` Mar. 2013. http://ww.psmag.com/culture/do-asian-american-parents-push-their-kids-27301/. “Family.” Are We Pushing Our Kids Too Hard to Succeed. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Mar. 2013http://www.rolereboot.org/family/details/2012-08-are-we-pushing-our-kids-too-hard-to-succeed.“”History of Chinese Education, Five Necessities of Chinese Culture”” History of Chinese Education, Five Necessities of Chinese Culture. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Mar. 2013. http://www.chinatownconnection.com/chinese_education.htm.“Learning Diversity in the Chinese Classroom:.” Google Books. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Mar. 2013. http://books.google.com/books?id=GCoT5NgBxR0C.“Traditional Chinese Parenting:.” What Research Says about Successful Chinese Kids. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Mar. 2013. http://www.parentingscience.com/chinese-parenting.html. Introduction (cc) photo by Metro Centric on Flickr (cc) photo by Franco Folini on Flickr (cc) photo by jimmyharris on Flickr (cc) photo by Metro Centric on Flickr American Parenting/Culture Previous studies have shown that more Chinese adolescents and parents both believe that education and academics is an important aspect in one’s life. “Furthermore, authoritative parenting was found to be associated with higher self esteem and satisfaction (Cultural Differences in Parenting Styles 3).” Usually, when a child failed at academics, the parents took most of the blame on themselves for not training their child well enough. Even the success of the child gave a family a reputation, so parents took education very seriously. As a result, the parents would put much effort into making sure their child succeeded i.e. extra-curricular activities and after-school programs. After interviewing American students on their perspective on different questions, we found out that most students wanted to live happy by being successful, supporting a family and having a job. All of them had a positive way of defining self-efficacy that related to how they could be successful in life. Most American students want to go to college and focus on a specific major for a career. After graduating, 60% of the students wanted to get or find a job and the 40% had a specific job they wanted to pursue. In addition, most believed that their own talents and beliefs affected their decision for a college major. The majority didn't believe that their parents should choose for them. The many cultures in the world have a different perspective for education, some give less attention towards education on the other hand some give too much. In comparison with the Asian communities and American communities there are two somewhat different worlds. In the passage we will see how different the kids will freely be able to choose their future. In the Chinese point of view Confucius education system is the way to go. Although in American point of views a child should be able to freely choose their career and choices in life. Whatever they desire, their parents will most likely support. We will see in a compare and contrast form on how Chinese and American traditions effect the child’s choice of their future. Chinese Parenting/Culture Therefore, Chinese parenting vs. American parenting differs greatly, but has much in common as well. The two different cultures create very unique parenting types for the children they raise. Although both have multiple separations from a common style, they both have a very common, over-arching goal. Differences
The main differences between Chinese parents and American parents are mainly the differences in academic push. “Chinese parents value education because it is the stepping stone to success. In addition to academics, parents try to keep their child active in after-school activities to enhance their overall development. (History of Chinese Education, Five necessities of Chinese Culture).” The American parents, on the other hand, usually expect that the school teaches all these variables, so it’s not quite necessary to harp on academics. “Asian- Americans parents, on the other hand, do care about their children’s education but still do it in a caring and loving way. It was a way that wasn’t as strict but set boundaries. Having said that, you can see the difference between Chinese and American style of teaching. (Do Asian-American Parents Push Their Kids)?” The main reason the Chinese are giving this huge push comes from the roots. The teachings of Confucius have passed down through multiple generations. Now, the teachings remain with the parental generation and they continue to pass on these teachings to their children by pushing for academic success. “Yale law professor Amy Chua says it’s parenting that makes Chinese kids strive to do well in school (Parenting Science).” Chinese parents and American parents differ in parenting styles but also have many similarities. Chinese parents are stricter about getting their child a good education. To do so, the majority pushes for automatic success in school and rural pushing in studying. American parents also require their child to get an education, but most don’t include a) pushing their child to the limit of including extra curricular activities or b) high standard expectations in their lives. On the other hand, both styles of parenting have a similar goal, to get their child into college. Overall, according to the data, Chinese parenting has more success. However, American parents still attempt to make their children strive for college and a successful and secure career beyond college years. In the end, though, the parenting style wholly depends on whatever the parents believe is best for their child's success. Culture plays a major role in parents’ decisions for their children, and it is ultimately the parents’ choice for the success of their child. American Culture Vs. Chinese Culture Comparisons and Differences Conclusion Thanks for watching c: Comparisons
Chinese parents usually push their children to success starting from a young age and teach them how to read before they start school. American parents usually would just let their children learn from school. American parents don't really alter their child's pick in career choice as in Chinese parents would not allow their children to go into some career paths. Chinese parents would stress the importance of getting good grades while American parents usually would care less and would just expect the best out of you. “Redefining success as helping children learn to love learning, helping them be comfortable in their own skin, helping them get along with others, and helping them figure out how they want to make a contribution to their community and their world (Lisa Levey).” Chinese parents would make their children participate in extra curricular activities, after-school programs, and summer school to either help them get into better colleges or get them ready for the following year of school. Also Chinese parents thought it necessary that they choose the career their child enters for them to succeed. Chinese parents involved their adolescent children in deciding the highest education degree their children should pursue (36.5%), and the college major they should choose (34%) by engaging them in making joint decisions (Chinese Adolescents’ Decision-Making 132).” 我 您您 Grant Kirchhoff Joshua Yu Also, when their parents did attempt to affect their decision for a career, their reasons for their pick were usually spread out or focused around a stable, financially rewarding job. Most kids, consequentially, had parents that were willing to listen to their kids when discussing a career choice. Also, all of the students didn't want to follow their parents' career choice just because their parents pushed for it. Overall, the students' decision for a career is mainly based off of their own beliefs, but still tweaked a bit by their parents' ideas. Also, authoritarian parents raise children that are more experienced and knowledgeable than one’s raised by lazy parents. “89% of Chinese students chose to do their homework on their own free will (Chinese Adolescents’ Decision-Making 125).” The kids are also seen to be more decisive than those that lack the effort to push for education and academics. According to filial piety (a Confucius based belief) the parents set hard standards and discipline into a child’s life to help them grow and prosper correctly. “In a Confucian society, filial piety plays an important role in maintaining harmonious family relationships… filial piety is considered ‘the most important virtue (Learning Diversity in a Chinese Classroom 239)…’” Since this is more obvious in the Chinese culture, 89% of Chinese kids choose to do homework on their own. Overall these methods have worked. Chinese Undergraduate and Graduate students are on a 52% rise right now. And research shows that college students have an easier time choosing a career than high school students. And since more Chinese kids are going to college, careers are becoming a reality. On the other hand though, students of both America and China, push to go to college and major in a focused, successful career. This is mainly done in an attempt to graduate and work at a career that is successful enough to sustain a family and their own lives. Also, both want to succeed in their career as well. Although one of the main aspects of an American student is to have a job that makes them happy and satisfied (which differs the Chinese outlook), both still want a job that is still financially rewarding. Overall, American students and Chinese students have similarities in career success, but differences in how they choose their career. In America, on the other hand, Confucius’s teachings weren’t quite apparent back then so his teaching weren’t very popular in the West. As a result, most American parents are more trusting with the education system. Whatever their kids learn is perfectly fine and it isn’t necessary to put their kids in extra-curricular activities. Chinese parents want their children to be successful by picking the career choice that makes a lot of money. American children, though, communicate and compromise with their parents on their career choice. Also, American parents believe in supporting and trusting their children in their choice and just want them to feel happy. Chinese parents have control over their children, which is why they also pick their children’s career because they think it is what’s best for them.
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