By Lynn Wee
A survey by the Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited (OCBC) has revealed a huge gap between the amount of ang pow boys and girls receive during Chinese New Year.
Widest gap among tweens Girls aged 10 to 12 “lost” the most in terms of ang pow collection, with $588 versus $862 for boys of a similar age – a gap of $274.
This was followed by kids aged 13 to 15 years old – girls collected $201 less than boys did (as shown in the graphics below).
OCBC did not offer any explanation for the gap, but Daniel Koh, a psychologist from Insights Mind Centre, sees it this way: “Generally, people give the same to simplify things but traditionally, boys are seen more highly in terms of social status – especially the first eldest, therefore they receive more in all aspect”.
“Girls do receive the same love and care but it still differs in value at times.
“Some parents consider the fact that their older male kids will look after them at a later age, so they try to provide more to be liked or to compensate for later care”, he adds.
However, if your daughter receives lesser ang pow money than her brother this Chinese New Year, explain to her that money does not represent how much you value her, says Daniel.
“Take this opportunity to teach her about society and how she can overcome such biases by becoming someone special, someone who does great things and can be proud for who she is”.
Babies receive the most The youngest children collect the most ang pow.
“Babies are usually considered a new addition to the family, hence, people tend to give more as they see it as a first blessing to the little ones”, says Daniel.
“Being cute is also a plus point and adults tend to feel that they are obliged to give to the younger generation”, he adds.
The survey was based on more than 125,000 OCBC kids’ accounts.
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