An Insight On Womens Role In Chinese Culture


women's role in chinese culture

Women’s role in Chinese culture has always been quite domesticated and family-oriented. It has been so for a long time in history. However, one can argue that women in today’s China aren’t domesticated anymore. It might be true about certain families that allow women to have their independence. However, when we review a particular thing, we have to take the public’s broader and general overview on the said topic. Even after ages of modernity, women’s role in Chinese culture is still very much related to ‘inside the house’ culture. One can argue that there has been an immense change in women’s Chinese culture after the Qing dynasty’s reforms stay. However, there is still a lot to amend.

Historical Background Of Women’s Role In Chinese Culture

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The pre-modern society in China was predominantly patriarchal. Women were confined inside the walls of the home. The basic women’s role in Chinese culture was to take care of men. Their status was linked first by their father, then by their husband, and later by their sons. They didn’t have a lot of roles to play in the society and economy of then China. There was a restriction on the freedom of movement of Chinese women. It can be very well elaborated by looking at the practice of foot binding in the traditional Chinese culture. After the opening-up and the one-child policies of the Chinese government, women’s role in Chinese culture changed considerably.

Basic Women’s Role In Chinese Culture

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However, there has been an immense change in women’s role in Chinese culture. The basic role is still the same. They have the utmost responsibility to start a family, please a man, bear a son, and keep -up with the family. No matter how successful or at a higher rank a woman is in her career, women’s role in Chinese culture is more concerned with how many sons a woman has bored in her lifetime. There is still a very prejudiced practice for wanting a male child in China. People generally bloat at a son and feel sad about a daughter. Women’s role in Chinese culture is still largely domesticated. The family-oriented culture in China seems to restrict young women while giving social power to certain women of an older generation. There is a wider social belief in China which is applicable for most Asian countries, that it is not sufficient for a woman to enjoy a successful career and good social life. She must do it all, and by that, we mean a family.

Still A Long Way To Go

The prejudice in women’s role in Chinese culture is very-well evident from the ‘shengnv’ phenomenon. It translates into ‘leftover women.’ Stereotypically speaking, this woman is fast approaching 30 or has already passed that “due date.” She is well-educated, ambitious, and devoted to her job, but in her society’s eyes, womanhood’s most important criteria have yet to be fulfilled. Therefore, there is still a lot to amend for broadening women’s role in Chinese culture.

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