Growing up in Chinese families and societies

Jin SUN, Nirmala RAO

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Socialization, which begins shortly after birth, is the process of learning interpersonal and interactional skills that conform to the values of one’s society. Socialization goals vary across cultures, and this chapter focuses on Chinese patterns of socialization during the early years. It focuses on factors that influence various parenting practices in Chinese societies, including Tiger parenting. It begins with an overview of the commonalities and distinctions in parenting practices between Chinese and non-Chinese families. Second, it considers how Chinese parenting practices and early childhood education have changed in recent years. Third, it summarizes relatively recent changes in preschool pedagogy. Finally, it considers how one major policy, the one-child policy, has influenced child-rearing. Copyright © 2017 Springer Science+Business Media B.V..
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEarly childhood education in Chinese societies
EditorsNirmala RAO, Jing ZHOU, Jin SUN
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
ISBN (Print)9789402410037, 9789402410044
Publication statusPublished - 2017


Sun, J., & Rao, N. (2017). Growing up in Chinese families and societies. In N. Rao, J. Zhou, & J. Sun (Eds.), Early childhood education in Chinese societies (pp. 11-29). New York: Springer Berlin Heidelberg.


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