Tradition is a very important and well practiced concept in the Chinese culture in history and in modern day. In modern china, family means the household in which a group of people live with and care for each other. It is very common unlike in the United States, cor Chinese families to range from very elderly to infants. Most families never split apart once the children reach a certain age and many grandparents live with their children and grandchildren till they pass.
In the past, traditional american families consisted of a wife and husband and two children. Typically the father worked and the wife was a stay at home mother. We know that today that is not the case. Many families have single parents and multiple children. Today only 23% of families still live in the traditional lifestyle. Family status is very different in America vs China.
In the american culture, we strive for personal achievement and success. More often than not we put ourselves before others when a big opportunity comes along. In the Chinese culture, many times they think how the decision will affect their family and community first before making any big choice. Americans are more individual centered based on the Chinese lifestyle.
An obvious difference in the two nations is the people that inhabit both of them. American is seen as the diverse country. It is expected to be the country of opportunity and equality to all ethnicity. In china, it is a very different picture. There are 56 different ethnic groups that mostly all branch off of the same background. In america there is 5 times that amount. Both nations agree there are pros and cons to both.