The Meanings of Family Dinners For Young, Affluent Families in Urban China

Hongyan Yu, Jilin University
Alvin C. Burns, Louisiana State University
Ann Veeck, Western Michigan University

The Meanings of Family Dinners for Young, Affluent Families in Urban China

 

Hongyan Yu, Jilin University

Alvin C. Burns, Louisiana State University

Ann Veeck, Western Michigan University

 

While in recent years the pace of life for urban Chinese families has become busier, the family dinner remains a mainstay of daily family life.   To investigate this phenomenon we conducted long, semi-structured interviews with seventeen young, affluent Chinese families in their homes.  Consistent with past studies, the findings substantiate the role of family meals in enhancing communication, family identity, and social capital.  In addition, we learned that, while females perform the majority of the work associated with getting the food on the table, both males and females view dinner as essential for “producing family.”  During periods of stress and transition, the ritual of the family dinner is seen as a haven of relaxation and stability for family members.
[ to cite ]:
Hongyan Yu, Alvin C. Burns, and Ann Veeck (2006) ,"The Meanings of Family Dinners For Young, Affluent Families in Urban China", in NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 33, eds. Connie Pechmann and Linda Price, Duluth, MN : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 606-606.