I came across this article written by this young Chinese woman and I wanted to share it here with you...For me, her words resonate with a familiar current and the comics are satirically on point....I personally have never seen a wrong and not speak up but I have expressed criticism via the keyboard... Has China lost its traditional values? Feifei Wang, I spend about the same amount of my life in China and in the US. Written Sep 15, 2014 This is a very interesting question. I think before we can answer "if China, or Chinese from mainland China, had lost Chinese traditional value", we need to first define, what exactly is Chinese traditional value, or more simply, what isChinese Value? Some people would bring out 论语 (the Analects) or 诗经 (Classic of Poetry) or any or all of the Four Books and Five Classics and say, yeah, here you have it, complete Chinese Value. And they would be very wrong. Chinese values are part of these books, and goes way beyond and way more complicated than just Confucius teaching. Other people would argue that true Chinese value is that of 皇权思想 (concept of Imperial power) and our 人治 (rule of man). Or the tradition of 孝道 (respect your elders). Or like the question detail mentioned: 仁义礼智信, or 温良恭俭让, or 礼义廉耻, or 忠孝节义... We all think we know what is Chinese value, but if we dig a bit deeper, if we ask ourselves what exactly is our value, the truth is, we really don't know. It's not because we don't have "Value", but rather, our value has been changing through out our self-proclaimed Five Thousand Years of history and it has been changing more rapidly in recently years because our people, our society has changed so rapidly lately. I chuckled when people talk about Chinese value as if it's some unmovable cornerstone of Chinese society or some such none existing ideological concept. Something we can anchor ourselves in this ever changing world. Something that lifted us up on top of the rest of our ignorant fellow countrymen so we can stand on this moral high ground and tell everyone how they have "lost the traditional Chinese value". Now, have you notice the world "Chinese value" had been used almost exclusively when people talk about how we "lost" it? You rarely hear people say "I saw a young student stand up and give his seat to an elderly on a bus today, that's Chinese value!" That would never make the news! Nothing can get your page view like the bad news, the degenerated rich brat, the corrupted officials, the murderous parents who kill their baby girls so they can have a shot of having a boy... We had truly LOST our Chinese value indeed. But one advantage of having the longest written history in the world is that so we can go back and read our own history and realize, we have always been evil, corrupted, cheating, stealing bunch. Of course, that's not part of our value, but it's not like we're any better when we supposedly upheld these "traditional Chinese value" like law during "Traditional Chinese dynasties". Every time period, every dynasty, there're people who lamented about how our great nation our great people had lost the good old righteous ways. There has always been old people who look at the younger generation and sighed how "世风日下，人心不古" (Society is getting worse, our hearts are not as those from the previous generation). And then 100 years later, someone else sing the same song. So back to the question: has Chinese lost its traditional value? Sure we have lost some, those that doesn't fit with our modern, globalized world. And we had probably get some new values come out of new technology, and new western ideas. So stop being an old geezer and cry about lost tradition, if you think the society is going on a downward spiral, change it by being the best Chinese you can be, uphold the most noble Chinese values. Set up an example as a good Chinese person. When you see something that you don't agree with, online or offline, step up, speak up, fight against it. Don't be the "keyboard man" and sit in front of your computer and lament how we had lost our way.