The Gua Sha Treatment narrates a interlinking story happened in a emigration family, aiming at demonstrating cultural crash which derives from different origins of traditions and poses great influence on the concepts and ideologies of the people. Gua Sha has been a traditional treatment of China for thouands of years. In the movie, however, it gives rise to a collision of two totally different and parallel cultures. The grandfater, who came from mainland of China, did the Gua Sha to his grandson, leaving the reddish stripes on Danial’s back, which caused a series of unfortune to the Chinese-American family. It is soothing that the familiy got reunion and cultural misunderstaning got elimilated in the end of the movie.
1. Different Ways of Educating Children
Datong’s son Dennis hit Queenland’ son Paul. Datong and his wife Jenny ask Dennis to apologize to Paul, but Dennis refuses to make an apology because he thinks Paul insulted his father Datong. Queenland says it is no big deal, “kids fight and they make up. Let it go.” But Datong insists, and then he gives his boy a light rap on the head.
In China, it’s common for parents to hit the child if it’s for the child’s goodness. We have the sayings such as: 棒子出孝子; 不打不成器; 子不教,父之过;教不严,师之惰. Chinese parents believe that corporal punishment is an effective way in teaching younger generation. Only after being punished for wrongdoings can a child grow up in the proper way. They seldom listen to their children’s thoughts because in their opinion a child is too young to suggest. The adults usually have the stereotype that what children say are just some useless foolish fragments of sentences which not even make sense. Children are asked to do what they are told. Gradually children lose their independent dignity, and are deprived of the rights and freedom that they should...