In typical Chinese families, who is the dominant person, the mother or the father?
Well, of course, it depends on the family. In a traditional family, the father is the dominant person because he is usually the breadwinner. However, even if the husband is the person earning most of the money in the family, the wife can often be the "power behind the throne," and exercise a lot of influence over the husband and the whole family. In a traditional family, the wife often takes a back seat to the husband, but these days this is changing and husbands and wives often share responsibilities and influence in a family.
Do you think this has changed at all in recent years?
Yes, it has changed quite a bit in the past few years, especially in the urban areas, where men and women are more equal. This is also the result of younger generations deciding that they want to be different from the older generations and their parents. For instance, it used to be that women took care of the children in a family, and the men had jobs and earned the money. However, in recent years this has changed. In some families both parents work, so they share responsibilities for taking care of their children.