Unraveling Chinese Family Values: Names and the One-Child Policy

Discover the profound undercurrents of Chinese culture! In this talk we will delve deep into the heart of Chinese societal norms and learn how they have been shaped by the historic one-child policy.

In the course of this engaging exploration, you’ll uncover the symbiotic relationship between names and familial values in Chinese culture. Witness how names, often endowed with lofty aspirations and familial legacies, embody a fascinating amalgamation of honour, respect, and individual identity.

We will traverse the implications of the one-child policy, investigating how it reshaped the Chinese family dynamics and value system. The talk will bring to light the socio-economic impact and the emotional depth it engraved on generations, influencing their life decisions, aspirations, and the very essence of Chinese society. It aims to provide you with a comprehensive and thought-provoking perspective on Chinese family life, illuminating the interconnectedness of public policy and deeply ingrained cultural values.  

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Catherine Xiang (MEd, PhD) is an established author and applied linguist with rich experience in the higher education as well as high profile consultancy industry to businesses that wish to engage with China. She is Coordinator of East Asian Languages at LSE, Programme Director for BSc International Relations and Chinese; as well as UK Director for LSE Confucius Institute for Business London. Originally from Shanghai, she is skilled in intercultural communication, translation, foreign languages, lecturing, TV and public speaking. She is also an expert in learning and innovation in language learning. Her recent publications include ‘Mastering Chinese a Complete Textbook for Beginners’, ‘Audio-visual Media in Language Education and the forthcoming ‘China Ready. Chinese for Tourism and Hospitality’. In addition to her roles at LSE, she is an executive member of the British Chinese Language Teaching Society, a school governor and chief examiner of Charted Institute of Linguists. She has recently launched her own YouTube channel ­— ‘字espresso’ teaching the relationship between Chinese characters and words.

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