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This tradition goes beyond a practice amongst family members and represents the nurturing spirit of the Chinese people. 

Why does the community have this tradition?:

The concept of filial piety in China goes back thousands of years. In the fourth century BCE, Confucius stressed the importance of creating a peaceful family and society. The family is the building block of society, therefore the same devotion and support in serving one’s family should be used to serve one’s country. Family and society - the two are interlinked.

It’s also wildly believed in China that children owe a debt to their parents. This debt stems from the years of support that a parent gives to their child throughout their developing years. The child, therefore, is forever in their parent’s debt for receiving these good deeds. 

Is this tradition connected to its environment? How?:

The concept of filial piety is connected to the culture of China. More specifically, it was highlighted in the writings of Confucius who is still revered and whose writings are engrained in the spirit of the Chinese people. Filial piety, however, is not limited to China. In Korea, Japan and Vietnam the idea of loving and supporting one’s parents for their entire lives is strongly believed. It is also a principal value in Taoism and Buddhism. 

Shenyang, China