Marriage is a lifetime bond of mutual assistance, between two or more person and sharing of some specific roles in the domestic setup (Bernfeld 6). In this essay, the main focus is the different ways that the American and Chinese women think about themselves within the context of their families, with specific reference to Liz’s divorce in the book Eat, Pray, Love. The author of the book really resisted married and decided to be single. In the context of marriage, the American and Chinese women have different views regarding marriage. This might have resulted from the differences in their cultural backgrounds and perhaps personal thoughts and aspirations (Bernfeld 7).
Difference between Chinese Culture and American Culture
Concerning culture, American and Chinese women think differently about their roles in the families. Firstly, the way each group handles marriage issues brings the difference in culture (Elain 1). Indeed, American women see it important to be married when they are still virgin, meaning that most of the women tries to remain virgin before getting any responsible marriage partner. In China, this is not liberal, and that it is a rule (Elain 1). Most of the parents consider it indiscipline and disrespect for a young girl to engage in sex before marriage. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the girl child to preserve her body and wait for the right time.
Secondly, whereas Chinese women readily accept divorce, it does not apply in the context of America. Essentially, the American women believe that the institution of marriage should remain consolidated for the rest of one’s life. They do not readily accept an end to a marriage relationship (Huping 9). However, the contemporary Chinese women believe that divorce is part of life that people sometimes undergo in the society. This is contrary to the traditional Chinese belief that marriage was a lifetime commitment and bond, and divorce in those days would result to social stigmatization.
It is perceived that the influence that has resulted to divorce acceptance is the freedom that characterizes a single life (Huping 10). Most of the women are seen as contented with life after divorce and would remain single for a given time. Indeed, there is general acceptance to divorce than in the American context. Possibly, the American uses the inspiration of the book and applies it in the relationship. Also, the gender roles are more pronounced in the American culture compared to the Chinese, who think that these domestic roles should not be distinct (Huping 11).
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