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China passes law ‘forcing’ children to visit their parents
July 6, 2013 at 3:22 PM

A CHINESE LAW requiring family members to visit their elderly relatives went into effect today to howls of online ridicule, as the country’s huge population ages rapidly.

The regulation “forces” children to visit their parents, the state-run Global Times newspaper said, with concerns growing over increasing numbers of “empty nest” homes.

China’s rapid development has challenged its traditional extended family unit, and reports of elderly people being neglected or mistreated by their children have shocked the country.

Last year a farmer in the eastern province of Jiangsu faced a barrage of online criticism after domestic media revealed he had kept his 100-year-old mother in a pig sty.

More than 14 per cent of China’s population –  194 million people – are aged over 60, according to the most recent figures from the National Bureau of Statistics.

The growing proportion of the elderly is the result of China’s controversial one-child policy, which was launched in the late 1970s to control population growth.

Many aged live alone in “empty nest” homes, as a result of their children finding work in other areas of China.

But while internet users generally express concern for elderly people — who are highly respected in the close-knit Chinese family unit — many took to China’s Twitter-like microblogs to criticise the new measures.

“A country actually legislates respecting its parents?” said one of the eight million people to comment on the story on Sina Weibo.

“This is simply an insult to the nation.”

Another poster said:

The government uses legislation to protect the elderly, but in reality it is just to put all the blame on to their children.

The government should have thought of how they would address this problem when it brought in the one-child policy.

The state-run Shanghai Daily said the new law gives parents the power to apply for mediation or bring a case to court, but experts are unclear about how the measures will be enforced, or how often visits are required.

“More quantitative standards and measures need to be added,” Xia Xueluan, a professor with Peking University’s Institute of Sociology and Anthropology, told the Global Times.

“The current revision looks more like a reminder for young people to refocus on the traditional values of filial piety rather than a compulsory law,” he said.

http://www.thejournal.ie/china-law-children-visit-parents-973558-Jul2013/

Replies

  • JanuaryBaby06
    July 6, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    how will this even be possible for many/ the work hours, conditions, pay.... many may not beable to afford to take off, let alone to travel... its not like many of these people drive. how did no one think this would eventually become an issue once the 1 child law was insituted mixed with rediculous hours?

  • Clairwil
    July 7, 2013 at 5:31 AM

    When all you have is a hammer, everything starts looking like a nail.

    The Chinese government are so used to hitting everything with legislation making things compulsory or forbidden, that this is the tool they reach for when they see a problem.

    And they do have a problem.  A demographic one.


    There are lots of old people compared to the number of younger adults able to earn wages and support the elderly.   And this is going to get disasterously worse over the next 20 years.

    So the Chinese government want to promote their traditional culture of family looking after their parents when they get old, or slow a decline in that culture.

    Unfortunately, rather than bribes or gentle persuastion, they're trying to use a hammer.

  • JanuaryBaby06
    July 7, 2013 at 11:24 PM

     

    this is extremely will stated. its sad because this is going to get so so much worse.

    Quoting Clairwil:

    When all you have is a hammer, everything starts looking like a nail.

    The Chinese government are so used to hitting everything with legislation making things compulsory or forbidden, that this is the tool they reach for when they see a problem.

    And they do have a problem.  A demographic one.


    There are lots of old people compared to the number of younger adults able to earn wages and support the elderly.   And this is going to get disasterously worse over the next 20 years.

    So the Chinese government want to promote their traditional culture of family looking after their parents when they get old, or slow a decline in that culture.

    Unfortunately, rather than bribes or gentle persuastion, they're trying to use a hammer.

     

     

  • JanuaryBaby06
    July 8, 2013 at 2:17 AM

    by 2050 it is estimated that 30% of the population will be made up of people over 60.

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