Parents and Parent–Child Relationships in Contemporary Chinese Children’s Literature (1978–2014)

Xiangshu Fang, Lijun Bi

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A marked characteristic of traditional Chinese society was the adherence to its hierarchical structure and the expectation of children’s utmost obedience to parental authority. In the last four decades, however, there has been a shift away from enforcing this blind obedience. This essay investigates the portrayal of parents and parent–child relationships in contemporary Chinese children’s literature (1978–2014), which have become more diversified than previous children’s literature. It attempts to demonstrate the connection with, as well as the movement away from traditional stereotypes concerning the role of parents in children’s literature. Thus, analysis of these images offers us an insight into Chinese society, and the use of children’s literature in China as a didactic tool for moral education.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication Asian Children’s Literature and Film in a Global Age
Subtitle of host publicationLocal, National, and Transnational Trajectories
EditorsBernard Wilson, Sharmani Patricia Gabriel
Place of PublicationGateway Singapore
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9789811526312
ISBN (Print)9789811526305
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameAsia-Pacific and Literature in English


  • Chinese children's literature
  • Moral education

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