Do you think Tradition and Culture should be handed down to Children?

Philippines
February 22, 2007 11:17pm CST
My nephews and nieces do not speak Chinese, although they understand the language they do not use it in daily conversation. They prefer to speak in Tagalog. Future generations will not use our language since they parents seems to left it behind. Certain tradition is also lost as we adapt the modern world lifestyle. Some parents do not celebrate birthdays. Or keep the picture of their parents in their house. Or make offerings in their anniversaries. When tradition is lost, culture is also lost. What culture will this generation hand down to the next?
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4 responses
@soumyaraj (401)
• India
23 Feb 07
Rightly said, we should always preserve our culture ..... I have seen people not teaching their children their own mother tongue...they prefer to speak only in English ....English is no doubt a great language but then we should also teach our children our own language and culture .........It is our duty as parents to expose our children to our vast culture and tradition...
• Philippines
23 Feb 07
Today I do not use the Chinese language when I speak to my nephew. I speak Tagalog since they will answer in Tagalog. I am sad that they will not teach their children our language anymore.
@mic123 (204)
• India
24 Feb 07
Yes right but in this modern world the new born generation dont think the way we think.They would follow the current style of living the way we bring them up.They will or will not want to know their actuall roots from where they originated.Even if they know they would adapt to just the current style and standard of living.Its our duty to train our children on certain values and culture and if we do it from the begening then they can adjust to the way things should be but for that we should know our basics 1st.
@acquaria (719)
• Italy
23 Feb 07
Oh why parents don't celebrate birthdays it's so sad..I'm according with you that when tradition is lost culture also is lost.I try to keep my family tradition adapting it to my life style
• Philippines
23 Feb 07
Transmitting culture is definitely synonymous to its preservation. I'm more concerned with the intangible things that goes with culture or the communal values of our ancestors like the respect for the elderly and the like. More than a medium of communication, language had been a repository of these values and as well as the experiences of the past generation so it is but right to teach children the language of their ancestors. Globalization may appear to be the biggest challenge in preserving one's culture but it should not justify the need for changing the values inherent in man. It just shows that those tangible aspect of culture are ever-changing but the tangible ones particularly those that are in line with our "morals" should never be allowed to disintegrate with the coming of the new age.