S: A Day in the Life of a Teen By: Lyndsey Lee and Judy Zhang
FC: "A Day in the Life of a Teen" America vs. China By Lyndsey Lee & Judy Zhang
2: Family households usually contain just the immediate family, consisting of the parents and children. However, close relationships with grandparents (and other family members) are valued though it is common for them to live far away.Pets are also a valued member of many families.
3: Typical Chinese families are more inclusive, containing grandparents, a husband and wife, and their children. Extended family may live in the same house as well, and friends are often viewed as kin. | Societies are family-oriented and large families are viewed with esteem.
4: Education is a large part of the lives of American youth. Education may begin at the age of 3 with pre-school and proceeds to the university level. Schools provide opportunities including field trips and extracurriculars such as sports, music, and dance. Some counties even provide laptops for students beginning at the middle school level.
5: Success is usually tantamount to education in China, but only grades 1-6 are state-sponsored, Students must work very hard to enter the middle school of their choice, which are split between math & science or language arts. | From then on, students will take lessons pertaining to their field. High school also requires an entrance exam, so the incentive to do well is high. Schools want no distractions from their, leading to to strict dress codes, and study-centered schedules. | Competition for colleges is incredible; some students attend cram schools in addition to high school to pass the entrance exams. Still, China continues to see a rising number of college-educated youth.
6: An average day for the American adolescent usually includes: Going to school, eating 3 meals, completing household chores such as dishes or cleaning, doing homework, and may include an extracurricular activity such as soccer practice or a part-time job. The average teen gets 7.4 hours of sleep per night.
7: Most Chinese teenagers have a similar schedule, although their schedule is more school-oriented. School hours are from 8am to 4pm with an average of 2 hours of homework, after which comes chores. Although this leaves some free time, there are virtually no job opportunities for students.
8: Many middle class families live in houses such as the one in the picture where each family member may live in comfort and even each child may have his/her own bedroom. Cars are generally used for all transportation. In fact, the average family owns 2-3 cars. Meals are eaten 3 times a day and snacks are usually stocked in the fridge or pantry as well. The middle class income goes way beyond just affording the basic necessities of life and this excess income is often used for things like entertainment and vacations. It is also easier used for things like insurance and savings for college.
9: A middle class family would live in 3 room apartment, and own a scooter, a moped, or a couple of bikes. | Many have access to the internet (though not computers), phones, and other means of communication | People travel mainly by subways, buses, and bicycle, and have easy access to a multitude of foods. Middle class families can afford the necessities, maybe more, and will often eat out or take vacations.
10: Opportunities in America are alike for both boys and girls. Boys and girls are given the same education and are provided equal opportunities in the career field. Unlike other nations, boys and girls are seen as equals as America has accelerated past strict gender roles. With this, women are respected more in the workplace. For example, Condoleezza Rice served as secretary of state.
11: Gender equality has improved over the years in leaps and bounds. Although the older generation no longer this opportunity, Chinese teenagers are educated equally and have the same opportunities. | Females have become similarly represented in the work place and as citizens; the practice of female infanticide and abortion is now rare. Society, as a whole, and individual families can recognize the idea of women being a breadwinner as well as care takers. In addition, China has taken intense measures to make these ideas universal.