In extended families, the older members’ opinions are respected, and the youngest members are loved and taken good care of by all. China’s Constitution stipulates that grown-up children are duty-bound to support their parents. In the cities, couples who do not live with their aged parents offer them living allowances and help them with the chores. In the countryside, though quite a number of extended families have dissolved, many married sons and their families continue to live in the same courtyard with their parents. To them, breaking up the extended family means only cooking their meals separately. Most often they have their houses built near their parents’ home, making it convenient for parents and children to help and visit each other as before.
大家庭 extended family
生活费 living allowance
分家 breaking up the extended family
分灶 cook their meals separately