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Unformatted text preview: assume all responsibility and how certain rituals shape certain aspects of their lives. Not only in Korea is ancestral worship essencial but also in China and Japan. Another major theme in the book is the idea of how the society is patriarcal and that people are born in their positions. Women were treated extremely unequally and were not as valued. Males, expecially the oldest son, would assume all of the power and would inherit everything from the father. He is expected to take care of the family and this concept of caring for family plays a huge part in the importance of lineage. When the parents become old they need their children to take care of them, stressing the importance of raising a family. Having a son was important because the males carried the family name, while a female would assume the name of her husband. Throughout the book, Janelli discusses many themes such as ancestor worship and the family lineage, which are similar to other asian countries....
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