Visit your parents -- or get sued by them
China cracks down on adult children who may be neglecting or possibly abusing their elderly parents.
The national legislature there is now requiring that adult children visit their parents often. Otherwise, elderly parents who feel ignored can sue their kids. Wow, dinner conversations must be pretty awkward in that scenario.
The law is partly a reflection of a cultural change in parts of the developing country. The traditional extended family in China is fading, according to the Associated Press. Historically in many Asian cultures, aging parents and grandparents live with a child or other family member. Sending a parent to a nursing home was just not acceptable -- nor was it affordable for many families.
But that's changing, particularly as China's elderly population rapidly expands. Lately, the Chinese government has seen a growing number of reports of elder abuse. State media carried the story of one son in the well-to-do province of Jiangsu who reportedly forced his elderly mother to live in a pig pen for two years, according to the AP.
Elder-abuse cases in Hong Kong have risen 15% in the last two years, the South China Morning Post reported earlier this year. "Because of Chinese culture, elderly people are reluctant to reveal the disgraceful affairs of their families," the director of one advocacy group, Against Elderly Abuse, told the newspaper.
The new law doesn't say how often children must visit their parents -- and there may not be enough grounds here for any resulting lawsuit. But China now has nearly 167 million people over age 60, the BBC reports. While the law is partially intended to sustain the family unity that may be starting to fray in China, it's also an attempt to ensure that the oldest and weakest members of society are cared for.
More from Money Now
- Drug companies battle meth scourge
- The market's winners and losers of 2012
- Should stranded adventurers pay for own rescue?
I'd like to see some sort of opt out for children who were abused by their parents. Forcing them to not only provide for them if necessary, but to actually visit them, must be he** and makes it impossible to move on and heal from your past.
OK. I.m not trivializing the state of the senior citizens, but this article is atrocious. It bounces from a law requiring adult children to visit their parents; to an increase in the abuse/neglect of the elderly; back to the law requiring visitation - as if, somehow, those issues are related.
If there is a correlation, perhaps the senior citizens don't want their children around.
EDIT: Oh, and I can just visualize the think-tank of lawyers that come up with this:
"Hey, I need a bigger boat."
Yea, me too."
"Who can we sue?"
"Hey, there are a lot of senior citizens in nursing homes; let's sue their kids for not visiting them."
"Great idea! AND lets throw in the term 'enough' so that no matter how often they do visit - we'll say it's NOT 'enough'".
Copyright © 2013 Microsoft. All rights reserved.
Quotes are real-time for NASDAQ, NYSE and AMEX. See delay times for other exchanges.
Fundamental company data and historical chart data provided by Thomson Reuters (click for restrictions). Real-time quotes provided by BATS Exchange. Real-time index quotes and delayed quotes supplied by Interactive Data Real-Time Services. Fund summary, fund performance and dividend data provided by Morningstar Inc. Analyst recommendations provided by Zacks Investment Research. StockScouter data provided by Verus Analytics. IPO data provided by Hoover's Inc. Index membership data provided by SIX Financial Information.
Like rival Wal-Mart, it's pointing the finger elsewhere for its problems while other retailers are coping just fine.
- Canada grabs for America's foreign skilled workers
- Chick-fil-A thrown back into gay marriage debate
- States fall short on helping struggling citizens
- Oklahoma tornado losses in hundreds of millions
- Some of France's richest taxed more than 100%
- Farmers cultivate drones as new high-tech tool
- Apple's overseas hoard unfair to taxpayers
- Why hugely profitable ESPN is laying off workers
- Tornado shelters become a vital business
[BRIEFING.COM] Little change has taken place in the broader market since our last update. The S&P 500 trades higher by 0.7% as all ten sectors hover in positive territory. There is no defined, one-sided, leadership as cyclical and defensive sectors can be found among the top performers.
In the Treasury market, recent selling has pushed the 10-yr note back to its lowest level of the day while its yield climbed to 1.988%, near its highest level of the day. Nasdaq +18.40 at ... More
More Market News
SodaStream is downgraded to 'neutral,' and Monster Beverage is initiated with an 'outperform.'