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The traditional family has almost disappeared in cities since the introduction of population control in the late 1970s. Not only are single children greatly indulged, but emphasis on the individual is also affecting relationships as more and more youngsters opt to stay single, or live together rather than get married. This clip covers the customs involved in introducing wives and husbands, talking about sons and daughters, as well as the formal words for mother and father.
Real Chinese
This clip is from:
Real Chinese, Home and Family
First broadcast:
4 November 2010

Classroom Ideas

Use as part of the in-depth study of family and relationships in modern China. Initiate a debate about how traditional family values have changed in modern cities in China. Organize a guided discussion of the population control policy's impact on the younger generation's choice of lifestyle and attitude towards family and marriage.

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