As this year’s Father’s Day falls on Sunday, a survey conducted in 561 universities nationwide by the news website youth.cn reveals students’ relationships with their fathers, China Daily reported.
More than 79 percent of college students know their father’s birthday, compared with 21 percent who don’t.
Xu Jianxing from North China University of Science and Technology said he can’t forget his father’s birthday because it’s the same day as the Dragon Boat Festival. He usually gives him a call or sends him a video on his birthday, the report said.
Sun Jing from Wuhan University said she marks all her family’s birthdays on the calendar in her cellphone so she won’t miss them.
The report found more than 56 percent said they have a good relationship with their father, while less than 3 percent considered the relationship bad, and the rest fell somewhere in between. But when asked about whether they will tell their innermost thoughts to their father, about 54 percent said no.
In China, people have the tendency to hide their feelings, even from close family members. But things appear to be changing, as more and more people become open-minded and want to offer affection to their loved ones.
Liu Fangfang of Chongqing Jiaotong University said her relationship with her father was not good since she was young. “We usually quarreled with each other, so how is it possible that I could tell him my thoughts?”
A total of 64.35 percent said their fathers are not good at expressing their feelings, 55.26 percent said their fathers are responsible, 45.45 percent said their fathers are nice, 42.25 percent said their fathers are serious, 11.41 percent considered their fathers as an idol, while 8.38 percent said their fathers are scary, the report said.