cultural differences and similarities between British and Chinese

This research paper analyzes cultural differences and similarities between British and Chinese for the purpose of understanding each group’s culture.  There are numerous observable elements between British and Chinese cultures and tradition because of their similarities on the manner they treat the elderly people in their society. despite transformations that have occurred between the two cultures there are similarities that exist with regard to linguistics, value toward elderly people, manner of dressing and religion there are variances between the two cultures on the basis of their social and family structure, and their geographical location.

Both British and Chinese cultures advocate that young people should be respectful towards older people compared to their age and the elderly in the society. The values and perspective that are believed by members of the society have changed with change in the social structures. The current generation is brought up different social and environment structure from that of their predecessors. Both communities suggest that the most importance value in the community be respect through socialization and role modeling at a family members. Young people grow up with the knowledge to respect the elderly people in the society.

In Chinese culture,the elderly people are the high privileged people in the society. Cultural myths argue that people who are disrespectful to their elders will be punished by dead ancestors to advocate are and respect towards the elderly members of the society. In British culture, elderly people are protected by the law from any form of abuse and neglect. It is the duty of parents to attend to their children and in turn receive the same treatment during the old age stage of life for the sacrifice and committed they portrayed when bring up them. The assumption made by parents is that theconflict of interest and ideology about life will not occur in the future. Both cultures argue that the virtue of respecting the elderly people is a matter of common sense.

In both Chinese and British cultures technological advancement has made the elderly people in the society to be outdated and become the disadvantaged group. However, young people continue to appreciate the value of the elderly people in the society. The elderly people have a deep understanding of human relation and culture aspect that is important in understanding ways cultural values in the society.

Both British and Chinese community have the obligation of taking care of the elderly citizens in the society. Regardless of their economic status, it is the role of the family members and other young people in the society to care for the elderly people. Both communities emphasize on the role of caring for the elderly and the sick giving family members and members of the extended family the role of looking after the elderly citizens in the society. Culture of British and Chinese stress on the importance of respecting and serving the elderly in the society.

There are differences between whom British and Chinese people treat elderly people, evident on how aging parents are treated and cared. British culture emphasis on the importance of independence, self-reliance and individualism. People work hard to attain an independent status in the society without the reliance between children and parents. Aging people are, therefore,perceptive as a bother regardless of the relationship between the youthful people and the aging population. In Britain when, people age are taken to the home for the old facilities that are establish across the country to receive assistance to cope with the aged stage from skilled nurses. Most elderly people are in a state of health deterioration, and according to the culture of British they are supposed to live any from young and middle aged people to receive specialized treatment from health professions. This act is unkind to the elderly people as young people become self-centered as selfish to assist the aging people in the society.

Contrary, Chinese elderly people are highly regarded because the community advocates for collectiveness. According to the Chinese culture, one member of the Chinese society gets old immediate relatives are expected to look after the elderly people, in particular people is expected to care for their parents at old age. Female members are required to care for their parents while the male members are expected to provide both financial and social support to the aged. The aged are considered to be in at the top position in the Chinese social hierarchy.

The Chinese have established a filial piety a concept that promote the welfare of the elderly people in the society. There are numerous factors that are under the filial piety including respect, loyalty, obedient and dutiful towards the elderly the society. Young people are required to respect and cared the elderly in return support and knowledge from the elderly.

British culture advocate for an individualistic society, where people are concern with their own affairs without the concern of the community they live. As a result, British culture motivates member of the community to establish a balance between individual freedom and the adherence towards the elderly. The emphasis on the value of individualism, self-reliance and independence make life for the elderly as they cannot retain these virtue to the old age. Thus, most of the people are busy working has to achieve a state of independence and self-reliance unable to assist the elderly in the society because it will compromise their schedule towards attaining successes. Most of the elderly people have a health condition or their health state has deteriorated, thus, longer important to the society because they do not have the value that the society advocate for among its members.

In Chinese culture, disrespecting the elderly people in the society is considered as a taboo,and there are consequences for the disrespectful acts. Members of the Chinese community care for the aged people at their home until their time of demise. The importance of close treatment at home is for the purpose of providing close attention and special attention to the elderly members of the family. The young generation in Chinese culture has been brought up with the idea of respecting the elderly and provide care for their parent at old age. Most people in the Chinese community life in large and extended family. Contrary, the idea of individualism in the American make children and their parents live in separate location and premises as a sign of individualism. At old age,they are taken to a nursing home prevent them from becoming a bother the members of the American society.

Chinese use Mano in their culture, which is a sign of showing elders respect and humbleness and as a sign of acceptance of blessings from the elder people in the society. According to the gesture in Chinese, a person serving an elderly person bow down for the elderly person for blessings.  Therefore, people are required to should respect towards older people through actions and words. ‘Po’ is used at the end of the sentence as a way of expressing respect towards the elderly people in the society when greeting.

Conclusion

British and Chinese cultures advocate that young people should be respectful towards older people compared to their age and the elderly in the society. The values and perspective that are believed by members of the society have changed with change in the social structures.Both British and Chinese community have the obligation of taking care of the elderly citizens in the society. Regardless of their economic status, it is the role of the family members and other young people in the society to care for the elderly people. Both communities emphasize on the role of caring for the elderly and the sick giving family members and members of the extended family the role of looking after the elderly citizens in the society.The Chinese have established a filial piety a concept that promote the welfare of the elderly people in the society. There are numerous factors that are under the filial piety including respect, loyalty, obedient and dutiful towards the elderly the society. Young people are required to respect and cared the elderly in return support and knowledge from the elderly. Contrary, British culture emphasis on the importance of independence, self-reliance and individualism. People work hard to attain an independent status in the society without the reliance between children and parents. Elderly people are taken to the home for the old facilities that are establish across the country to receive assistance to cope with the aged stage from skilled nurses.