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An American in China

Historical China and Familial ties

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 17, 2011


From here Historic China, and other sketches (Herbert Allen Giles)

A great drag on the poor in China is the family tie, involving as it does not only the support of aged parents, but a supply of rice to uncles, brothers, and cousins of remote degrees of relationship, during such time as these may be out of work. Of course such a system cuts both ways, as the time may come when the said relatives supply, in their turn, the daily meal; and the support of parents in a land where poor-rates are unknown, has tended to place the present high premium on male offspring.

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