Over all, girls outperform boys in school. It starts as early as kindergarten. By the time students reach college, women graduate at a higher rate than men. Asian-American boys match the grades of Asian-American girls in elementary school, a new study has found. Girls are encouraged to be diligent, cooperative and ambitious — all things that serve them well in school. Boys are more sensitive than girls to environmental influences, according to a variety of research , and they feel pressure to be strong, tough and athletic. They get the message that doing well in school is not masculine, social scientists say.
In Chinese-speaking societies around the world, an honorific title is attached after the family name of an individual when addressing that person. Aside from addressing colleagues or family of equal or lesser rank, it is considered impolite to refer to others by their name only. The Chinese titles, unlike in English, always follow the name of the person and can stand alone. Chinese people often address professionals in formal situations by their occupational titles. These titles can either follow the surname or full name of the person in reference, or it can stand alone either as a form of address or if the person being referred to is unambiguous without the added surname.