Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Filial impiety?

One of the clichés I learned long ago about Chinese culture was that there was a reverence for age and experience and that parents, especially fathers, were highly honored.

Then came the revolution, the Great Leap Forward, the Cultural Revolution, the Iron Rice Bowl, etc. Now there's a law requiring people to visit their elderly parents "often."

New China law says children 'must visit parents'
Grown children in China must visit their parents or potentially face fines or jail, a new law that came into effect on Monday says.

China's new "Elderly Rights Law" deals with the growing problem of lonely elderly people by ordering adult children to visit their ageing parents.

The law says adults should care about their parents "spiritual needs" and "never neglect or snub elderly people".

The regulation has been ridiculed by tens of thousands of Chinese web users.

Many across China are questioning how the law could be enforced, since it fails to spell out a detailed schedule dictating the frequency with which children should make parental house calls…

[The law] serves as an "educational message" to the public, while also serving as a starting point for law suits, explained Zhang Yan Feng, a lawyer with Beijing's King & Capital Law Firm.

"It's hard to put this law into practice, but not impossible," Mr Zhang explained…

The question of how to deal with ageing parents is a mounting problem in China.

According to Chinese government statistics, more than 178 million people in China were 60 years or older in 2010. By 2030, that figure will double.

As China's population goes grey, the Chinese media fills with stories of neglected old people…

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At 8:15 AM, Blogger Ken Wedding said...

Chinese court orders woman to visit mother

A Chinese court has ordered a woman to visit her mother once every two months, state media say, in the first case since a new law on parental visits came into effect on Monday…


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