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1. Family Structure

In Eastern as well as Western literature, for a long time the three-to-four generation family living together "under one roof" was considered the typical Chinese family. This misunderstanding is based on the fact that Confucian and Neo-Confucian ideals were equated with actual realities. By now it has been established that during the last two-thousand years, the majority of the C…

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Linck, Gudula, “Family”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 05 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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