Family relations between different racial groupings and cultures differ in many aspects while sharing few elements. The sphere of family relations hips is one of the major areas that more differences than similarities can be found in some cultures. Canadian and Chinese family relationships are two of the most dissimilar especially due to differences in norms, attitudes and other cultural attributes. Among the major areas that more differences than similarities are evidenced among the Chinese and Canadian family relationship include areas such as the way people perceive and treat the elderly, their view of crucial factors in marriage, husband-wife relationship and gender roles, child-parent relationship among others. Although evidently both the Canadian and the Chinese share some similarities in their family relationships, the differences far exceed the similarities. Such differences have implication including increasing racial tensions and conflicts, creation of troublesome teacher-parent relationships among other conflicts especially where individuals from one culture immigrate to either culture.
The views and attitudes towards the elderly differ from between the Chinese and the Canadians in various ways. Among Canadians, ageism, which is the social attitude that imposes certain stereotypes on the aged, is recognized as an important contributor to abuse of the aged. In Canada, ageing is often held negatively with younger generations treating the elderly in demeaning ways. This is manifested through use of stereotypes and myths that demean the aged. It may be reflected in the society through discriminatory practices be socially evident such as in employment, access to services and even housing. Such attitudes also prevent the society from addressing social problems affecting the elderly in the society. One of the main reasons advanced for the ageism in the Canadian society as compared to the Chinese society is due to the individualistic nature of the Canadian society. Individuals in Canada are imparted on the value of individual independence and self reliance.
Consequently ability to participate in economic activities is crucial as personal value is largely tied to whether individuals are in paid work This type of environment does not recognize earlier contributions and sacrifices o the family including raising children, involvement in community, participation in volunteer work or even payment of taxes. Consequently, due to the economic value attached on individuals, the reduced earning potential of the elderly and o participate in gainful employment render them to be treated in ways that show that they are perceived to have outlived their usefulness. The society thus largely makes the elderly to feel alienated, unwelcome and even marginalized and this is evident in popular media and in access to services such as in health care, attitudes prevalent regarding them old as slow, out of date and such attitudes as most lack knowledge on new technologies.
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