This chapter offers an analysis of the key elements that constitute the Chinese kinship model, which also seem to inform the transnational kinship strategies of Chinese in the diaspora. The separation, dispersion, and possible reunification of different members of the family generate transformations or reconfigurations of both family roles and caregiving/childrearing strategies, which to some extent contest aspects of the traditional kinship model, but which, on the other hand, maintain and activate elements of that model, as in the case of maintaining the cultural principle of xiao (filial piety) and the practice of guanxi (networks of reciprocal relationships and interdependence). The result seems to point to a specific kinship model that has arisen among Chinese people living in transnational contexts.
|Title of host publication||Padres astronauta e hijos paracaídas, configuraciones del parentesco entre la población china de Canadá: ¿un modelo reproductivo transnacional?|
|Publication status||Published - 19 Jul 2011|