Family and Honor in the Chinese Home

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Confucius once said, “the strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.” To keep the integrity of a home a family must be honest, whole, and have an overall sense of unity. To the Chinese, to have a sense of unity means to come together as a family; to be whole. No sense of dishonesty, no secrets, and no disloyalty. A common pattern that is noticed when in a Chinese home would be that many objects are circular. Circles represent completeness; just as a family should be. China's society was built around the concept of family. In the early times the Chinese began to teach their young Confucius's ways. Children were bought up being taught that family is the most important element in life. Not only is a child brought up being taught that family is the most important, but other important laws that a Chinese individual must know is drilled into their minds. If a village member commits a crime and brings dishonor to the village as a whole, the village leader has the right to punish them as they see fit. A Chinese family is so closely knit that there is nothing worse than shaming ones family and having to face the village with the consequences of ones actions. The way the village had acted in the first chapter, “No Name Woman,” of Maxine Hong Kingston's book, The Woman Warrior, was necessary, despite being cruel and violent, to show how important family and honor is to the Chinese. In order to ensure that a civilized society remains intact there must be some form of central government to bring order to the community. In China, a clan organization would be considered the central government of all of the families that share the same surname living in the same town or village. The clan organization is free to change and make its own laws; the president is considered to be all powerful. In the article, “The Chinese Family System,” Kiang Kang-Hu takes note that
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