Cultural Constructions of Filialness

  • Fang Cao


Filial piety is one of the basic elements in Chinese culture and family life, and has important consequences in the everyday life of villagers in Dougou. In this chapter, I present cultural ideals for filial adult children in Dougou; explore the gendered nature of filial obligations; demonstrate that filial piety is essential to one’s ‘face’ (reputation) in the local community, as the loss of ‘face’ for villagers can have a pervasive and long-term effect on how they are regarded by others; and finally, present the picture of the ideal ‘fortunate’ life that elderly people should be living as a result of having dutiful children.


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  • Fang Cao
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  1. 1.La Trobe UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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