Professionals Share Views at Family Research Symposium in Beijing

December 26, 2018
Editor: Liu Yang

A group of professionals from domestic universities and research institutes held discussions on the building of family-oriented academic disciplines, the development of sub-branches and hot issues concerning the growth of family affairs at the third Symposium on China Family Disciplines in Beijing on November 3, 2018.

The national gathering was hosted by the Research Center of Family Disciplines at China Women's University (CWU).

It also drew the attendance of forefront workers nationwide who have been involved in the fields of family-centered health, diet, accommodation and safety.

Sun Xiaomei, director of the CWU Research Institute of Family Disciplines, reviewed the development of the center, the opening of a selective class connected with family studies, and the publication of relevant textbooks.

Sun explained that the discipline of family studies covers basic knowledge around the family, family health, children's growth, caring for senior residents, accommodation, the management of family assets, clothing, and diet.

Xiong Xiaoyan from Ginling College at Nanjing Normal University and Wu Ying from the Department of Housekeeping Services at Jilin Agricultural University talked about their understanding of the household management industry.

Yang Yongmei, editor-in-chief of Family Education Weekly magazine affiliated to China Education Daily, stressed the importance and urgency of the implementation of family education under current social circumstances.

According to the Survey Report on Chinese Family Education (2018), over 20 percent of parents have failed to have effective communication with their children, while teachers alone cannot accomplish their tasks in education without a closer cooperation with parents of their students.

Therefore, Yang urged the legislation of family education and the promotion of relevant practices.

Huang Jing, a professor from the CWU School of Law, shed lights on the relations between family members from the legal perspective, which included the ties between husbands and wives, parents and children, siblings, grandparents and grandchildren, as well as the relation between mothers and daughters-in-law, and father and sons-in-law under special circumstances.

Huang underscored the significance of the relationship between husbands and wives, and between parents and children, with the former constitutes the very core and underlying foundation. She continued that a better understanding of the privileges conferred and obligations and duties undertaken by corresponding family members is crucial to the operation of family education.

Zhu Xiaojia, a CWU professor specializing in women's studies, shared her views about family education and emphasized the importance of family education, family traditions, rules and reputation.

Zhang Yuan, a lecturer from the CWU School of International Education, highlighted the significance of men's roles in their families and their contributions to the maintenance of domestic harmony.

Zhang Rongli, an associate professor from the CWU School of Law, made an introduction of several laws regarding marriage, succession, domestic violence, and the protection of legal rights and interests of juniors, people with disabilities, and elderly residents. She pointed out that these laws are of great importance to the building of sound relations in a family.

In addition, participants also responded to hot issues such as domestic violence against children and sex education.

For instance, Liu Wenli, a professor from Beijing Normal University who has shown persistent concern for the popularization of sex education in family, argued that parents should be the initiators of the talks with their children about sex, thereby encouraging them to have a correct understanding of sex, conveying positive values to them in family life, and creating favorable atmosphere for the communicating of sex-related issues in family.

(Source: China Women's News / Translated and edited by Women of China)

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