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¶ … difficult for a person to be able to accept cultural values from a community that he or she is not familiar with. A person's cultural identity represents part of that person and shapes the way that he or she reacts to particular situations. The Chinese culture is very complex and entails a great deal of ideals and beliefs that are characteristically Chinese when considering the way they are put into practice. "The Mother of Mencius" brings on concepts that are likely to be surprising for Westerners but that seem perfectly normal for the Chinese and one can easily observe how the writer introduced a series of sentences meant to emphasize how much the Book of Poetry appreciated the woman's thinking. This women acts in agreement with Confucian laws and does not hesitate to...

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The narrator describes how his wife acts in disagreement with a series of traditions that are widely respected in the Chinese society. One can feel the narrator's frustration as he highlights the fact that he is the victim of a person who refuses to behave like a Chinese woman should. Feng Yen's wife practically contrasts Mencius' mother when considering each woman's interest in respecting Chinese cultural values.
One of the most common ideas promoted throughout Chinese history…

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