long ago, a New York City judge wrote to The New York Times saying
that in the 17 years he had been on the bench not one Chinese-American
teen-ager had been brought before him on a juvenile-delinquency
Chinese Consul-General in New York City, asked to comment, said:
"I have heard this story many times from many judges. I will tell
you why I think this is so. Filial piety is a cardinal virtue my
people have brought over from China. A Chinese child, no matter
where he lives, is brought up to recognize that he cannot shame
his parents. Before a Chinese child makes a move, he stops to think
what the reaction of his parents will be. Will they be proud or
will they be ashamed? Above all other things, the Chinese teenager
is anxious to please his parents."
Chinese-Americans, no matter how wealthy or poor, maintian a strict,
family-style home. Mealtimes are ceremonious affairs which must
be attended by every member of the family. Schooling, the reverence
for religion, and decorum plus reverence for the elders are the
prime movers in developing the child from infancy.
The amazing record of the Chinese-American youngsters shows that
it is in the home that the cure for juvenile delinquency will be
found and in no other place.