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As bone endures longer than flesh,kinship through males was thought more binding than through females.

Even today men pass on membership in their clan to their children,while women do not.

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We American parents do not want to cling to our children.

We fear we will cripple them emotionally, and they will not "make it" on their own.

The close family ties and dependencies valued so highly in Korea might seem unhealthy to us; we think a child's sense of autonomy necessary to mental health. "A life in which egos are all autonomous,separate, discrete and self-sufficient [is] too cold, impersonal,lonely and inhuman." * Children incur a debt to their parents who gave birth to them and raised them.

This debt lies behind the idea of filial duty: treating parents respectfully at all times, taking care of them in their old age, mourning them well at proper funerals, and performing ceremonies for them after their deaths.

Thus, although maternal second cousins may marry,no one with any degree of kinship through males, no matter how remote,can.

More than Japanese and Chinese, Koreans adhere to traditional Confucian principles of family organization. C.) and his followers taught that only a country where family life was harmonious could be peaceful and prosperous.

The family should be run as a "benevolent monarchy," the eldest male as household head.

Sons remained home after they married, while daughters went to live with their husbands'families.

Koreans felt there was no point disciplining children before they were old enough to reason.

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