Hero Born Q5: Cultural differences
Another couple of differences in this book when compared to Western tropes concern age and gender.
The gender roles in this book are fairly "traditional" with women relegated to passive roles of wives and mothers, with widows expected not to remarry. (This is quite different in contemporary wuxia TV dramas, which often feature active, dynamic women.)
Age is treated differently in China, with older people not only respected for their wisdom, but often also higher-skilled and therefore better martial artists. That's different from Western ideals, where youth is a clear correlate with physical prowess.
What do you think of these differences? What other cultural differences did you spot?