Title

Exploring Modern Perceptions of Filial Piety.

Authors

Carolnn Yong

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2001

Abstract

People often think of Hong Kong as the international city despite the fact that 95% of its population is ethnically Chinese. When Hong Kong became a "Newly Industrializing Economy" in the late 1960s, studies were conducted on the changing family norms as a consequence of industrialization and urbanization. The prediction was with increasing Western influences from the West in forms of British-style education, capitalism, and popular culture, traditional Chinese familial thoughts and practices, including the extended family form and the Confucian ethos of filial piety, would eventually vanish. Though the results of these studies showed a sharp decline in Chinese familial forms, core Confucian values have stubbornly remained despite modernization. At the dawn of the twenty-first century, with an even greater presence of American influence and urban lifestyles, a new generation growing up in this Eastern metropolis arises that tests the continuity of these Confucian values. The objective of my research is to determine whether Confucian practices have remained or disappeared in this increasingly global era. Using interviews, field observations, and statistical data, I will examine the younger generation's attitudes toward and practices of filial piety, which is the key characteristic of Confucian values. With a systematic and involved approach, I will assess the extent Confucian values have retreated or advanced and compared the results to those of the previous generation. These results will shed light on how tradition survives modernization and globalization in a world city.

Advisor

Wellington Chan

Department

asian_studies

Support

Paul K. & Evalyn E. Cook Richter Trusts - International Fellowship



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