Family values in China are related to its cultural traditions. A big harmonious family used to be quite enviable to many. In the past, it was not uncommon to see a family of four generations living under one roof. And because of that, many young people continued to stay with their parents after marriage. Today, this tradition is changing. As housing conditions improve, more and more young couples choose to live separately from their parents, but the connection between them remains close. Many seniors still help look after their grandchildren and young couples also take time to visit their parents, especially during important festivals such as the Spring Festival and Mid-Autumn Festival.
Families in China attach great importance to the education of their children. My parents think that they should work hard to ensure their children will get a good education. They are willing to spend not only a lot of money on their children's education, but also plenty of time pushing them to learn. Most of the parents hope their children can attend a famous university. Due to China's reform and opening-up, more and more parents are now able to send their children to study abroad or to participate in international exchange programs so that they can broaden their horizons. Through these efforts, they expect their children to grow up healthy and sound and to make their own contribution to the country's development and prosperity.
The full name of a Han Chinese is combined by his or her family name and given name. A feature in Chinese names is that people's family names often come before their given names. For thousands of years, the father's family names have been passed down through generations. However, today it is not uncommon to see a child to have his or her mother's family name. Generally speaking, a given name contains one or two Chinese characters, which shows parents’ good wishes to their child. From a given name, we can infer what kind of person parents expect their child to be, or what kind of life they expect their child to have. Therefore, Chinese parents pay a lot of attention to naming their child because names will accompany the child's life.