has 332.97 million families, with 3.2 people per urban household,
and 4.3 people per rural household on average. In general, a Chinese
family is composed of a couple and their children, but big families
with three or more generations can also be found in China. Along
with the pursuit of personal freedom, the trend of forming small
families with only directly related members is now prevalent.
the past, each Chinese family had a “head,” who had absolute authority
at home, and had the final say in family affairs. But now in most
Chinese families, the husband and wife, or a couple with other family
members, work out together the household plans, and decide family
affairs through consultation. Moreover, family members share the
housework, making the division of labor at home more reasonable;
and the husband and wife support each other’s work.
Chinese people have the tradition of respecting the old and loving
the young. Though many young couples do not live with their parents,
they maintain close contact with them. Grown-up children have the
duty to support and help their parents. The Chinese people attach
great importance to relations between family members and relatives,
and cherish their parents, children, brothers and sisters, uncles,
aunts and other relatives.