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Wednesday, April 26 • 2:45pm - 3:05pm
The Culture Of Filial Piety As Presented And Practiced In Chinese American Narratives

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Filial piety is a dominant cultural belief that has been practiced in most Asian countries, especially in China, since ancient times. Chinese parents who have practiced filial piety themselves work to cultivate this belief to their offspring. This paper examines the concept of filial piety among first and second generation Chinese American immigrants. Through analyzing the roles and the plots in novels and other non-fiction stories authored by first and second generation Chinese American writers, the research shows how filial piety is navigated in Chinese American family life. Past research has shown that intergenerational Chinese American families contain a high percentage of cultural conflict, resulting in parents living with depression and sometimes mental disorders. A content analysis of available narratives by notable Chinese American writers reveals how these family dynamics are negotiated and the larger meanings of cultural expectation articulated by the authors.

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Wednesday April 26, 2017 2:45pm - 3:05pm
236 Zageir Hall