Social Backgrounds of China and Taiwan

C. Y. Cyrus Chu and Ruoh‐Rong Yu

in Understanding Chinese Families

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780199578092
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722424 | DOI:
Social Backgrounds of China and Taiwan

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This chapter provides some macro statistics and a review of historical events to help the reader understand the pace of social and economic development in Taiwan and China. In general, Taiwan had a relatively stable development path, from poor to rich and from traditional to modern. The Chinese society in Mainland China was more volatile, mainly due to upheavals of the Great Leap Forward, the Cultural Revolution, and the impact of the one‐child policy. It is explained when these events happened, how they affected the macro social background, and how micro family decisions were influenced.

Keywords: social development; economic development; Taiwan; China; Great Leap Forward; Cultural Revolution; one‐child policy; family decisions; modernization

Chapter.  6565 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Business and Management

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