Cultural diversity- Chinese and Filipino

Essay by dx91Junior High, 9th gradeA+, February 2007

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Task 1

There are many cultures that share similarities and differences in this world. Two cultures that are different in their traditions and rituals, though similar in their sexuality and beliefs are the Chinese and Filipino. Both cultures' beliefs, sexualities, rituals, values, and traditions have changed over time due to the influence of other cultures and the media.

The Chinese and Filipino celebrate different traditions that are held each year. Generally Chinese believe in Buddhism and the Chinese Gods and Goddesses, whereas the Filipinos are Catholic and believe in Jesus, and how he sacrificed himself on the cross, dying for their sins. Religion accounts for most of their traditions.

Chinese have traditions involved with ghosts, the dead, remembrance of past leaders, and Chinese New Year and Moon Cake Festival (heavenly related tradition). The Filipinos' traditions include the Catholic calendar with celebrations like the death of Jesus, Holy Week, and Fiesta when they commemorate past well known saints of a town or village.

The Filipino are big family people. When you marry a Filo you marry their family too. Many Filipinos live with a family structure of 2-3 generations living under one roof. They are taught great respect for family elders at a young age and the eligibility of their spouse may depend on the family's acceptance.

Contrary to the Filos, the Chinese do not have big families and do not as close a relationship with the whole extended family.

When it comes to birthdays, the Filipino celebrate every one is big as the last. It is a big gathering for the family and a great time for Filos to do what they love- socialising. Chinese however, do not have parties or celebrate birthdays except when you are 1(first year of life), 30 years old(age you are expected to be settled...