I would be inclined to think that modern families are much more complex than they were in the old days – when there weren’t so many step-parents, children by divorce and test tube babies to take into account.

I have been proven wrong though, thanks to this somewhat quirky video that explains the Chinese family tree. To be fair, it’s not so much about the family structure itself and more about language, and how you’d call your relatives based on their side of the family, gender and age.

Enjoy a bit of cultural education!

Tamara El-Rahi is an associate editor of MercatorNet. A Journalism graduate from the University of Technology Sydney, she lives in Australia with her husband and two daughters.