Mothers and teachers take beribboned little girls to a park. PHOTO BY JOAN LEBOLD COHEN.

Marriage in China is essentially universal; divorce is rare. The traditional family system is based on male kinship. Since the 1970s China’s family-planning policy has required couples who want a child to apply for permission.

For twenty-five hundred years, through relatively secure and stable times and through stormy and catastrophic times, China’s family system has provided

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By |2014-12-16T16:54:07-05:00January 23rd, 2012|Berkshire Encyclopedia of China, Society and Social Welfare|Comments Off on Marriage and Family (Hūnyīn hé jiātíng 婚姻和家庭)|Hūnyīn hé jiātíng 婚姻和家庭 (Marriage and Family)

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