“What’s Your Friend’s Ranking Position?” Parental Peer-Related Beliefs and Practices

Part of the Palgrave Studies on Chinese Education in a Global Perspective book series (CEGP)


This statement was made by Hui, an 8th-grade girl whom I interviewed in 2008. It suggests a disparity between the ways that Chinese adolescents and adults understand the meaning of friendship, pointing to Chinese adults’ emphasis on academic performance as an important factor in adolescent friendship. This point has been briefly touched upon in the previous chapter. It has also been noted at the beginning of this book when I discuss how the Chinese media criticizes parents for focusing on their children’s academic achievement and ignoring adolescents’ social and psychological needs.


Good Friend Young Mother Cultural Revolution Chinese Adult Chinese Parent 
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