Arthur M Sackler Gallery and the Freer Gallery of Art - The National Museum of Asian Art - Smithsonian Institution
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Li-san Chen"The Chinese tradition has a tendency to prefer men over women. It is always a male relative who performs important tasks in the family. The parents see the male as the carrier of the next generation of the family. During the funeral of the parents, it is always the eldest male who is needed to perform the ceremony. Along with the eldest male, the rest of the family dress in white rags, to make themselves seem poor and dirty. I think that men and women should have equal rights, much like here in America. The traditions of China and the U.S. should be mixed."

Gen Zhi Shen, April 2001
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