On Reverence for Parents
The Chinese Book Of Etiquette And Conduct For Women And Girls c. 49 - c. 120 Zhao Ban (45-116 CE) was the first known female Chinese historian. She wrote extensively about the ideal way in which girls and women should conduct themselves. Her works on this subject were extremely influential in China. The concept of filial piety, or respect for one’s parents and ancestors, is central to Chinese culture, dating back to the philosopher Confucius (551-479 BC). Because this piece was written hundreds of years ago in another language, the sentence structure may be difficult to understand at first. Read the text carefully, paying attention to the punctuation and rereading lines when necessary. As you read, take notes on the author’s diction (word choice) and how it contributes to the tone of the text.