A frequently asked question among Western men is whether or not today’s Asian singles are anything like the traditional Chinese woman. The truth is that there is no clear-cut answer.
China has an ancient culture and a long history, and many women do respect their cultural heritage. However, that doesn’t mean that Asian singles of today aren’t also completely modern, despite having deeply traditional roots.
So, what is a traditional Chinese woman? Historically speaking, men have been seen as the center of the family as China has a traditionally patriarchal society. Dating back to the time of Confucius, ancestral rites and familial ties were highly favored and women’s roles were seen primarily as kinship roles such as wife, mother, daughter, sister, and so on. Within these traditional roles, women were expected to comply with the wishes of the men in their lives. This meant they obeyed their fathers when they were unmarried, their husbands, and then their sons if they ever became widowed.
In later centuries, the roles shifted slightly and the roles of men and women were seen in terms of yin (women) and yang (men). Women, as yin, were seen as receptive, passive, soft, and tranquil while men were the dominating opposite. It is important to note that in this traditional sense, it is not a social separation between men and women, but rather a natural one; the universe has two forces that complement each other completely.
It is these basic principles from which the premise of the “traditional Chinese woman” hails. While many people still hold these views sacred, the modern Chinese woman is a much more authoritative force than ever before – in a good way!