Pub. date: 2005 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412950565 | Print ISBN: 9780761928201 | Online ISBN: 9781412950565| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Parenting, Chinese Families and
Charissa S. L. Cheah
Before proceeding, some clarification of the designation Chinese is necessary in light of the vast amount of variation that exists across different societies that are considered Chinese. For the purpose of this entry, research conducted in a number of countries may be included in this designation, including the People's Republic of China (P.R.C.), Taiwan, and Hong Kong. In addition, this designation will refer to individuals of Chinese descent residing in countries other than the ones listed previously (e.g., Chinese American immigrants). As of 2002, the population in Mainland China totaled 1,284,303,705, which is approximately one fifth of the world's population. The immigration of Chinese people to countries such as the United States has helped create substantial populations in the receiving countries. For instance, in 2002, the Chinese population totaled 2,432,585 million in the United States and 1,029,395 in Canada. These Chinese immigrants constitute distinct cultural groups that bring with them ...