Everyone has values. Not everyone's values are all the same, but everyone lives by some set of what they believe is right and wrong.
What is important to you?
Culturally intrinsic values crystallize when you leave your home culture. My husband has two grown children. They are in their 20s, each living on their own. By American standards, he has succeeded in aiding his children into adulthood - they have jobs, pay taxes, rent, etc. Success!
Once, among a group of Chinese adult English students, a woman expressed dismay that he moved so far away from his children. "How could you????" She did not understand - AT ALL - that his job as a parent was done. He's still there for them emotionally and talks to them regularly, but he is proud that they have achieved independence! In China, many children live at home until they can afford their own place, often well into adulthood.
Americans value independence. Our country was founded on it, and that's something we strive to instill in our children or others within our sphere of influence.
Chinese value teamwork. Everything is done for the good of the people. Your job is for the good of the company; competitions are won for the good of the school. Independence doesn't figure into it.
Is one better or worse? At what point do we have the right to try to change someone else's values?
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