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.
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It is a sad thing when the government has to sue you for not visiting your old parents. If the same thing happened over here, we could probably pay the US sovereign debt as well.
Sadder when the thirty-somethings come to visit and overstay their welcome...
The propaganda media machine blathers on about the importance of family when most families I know haven't spoken to each other in years. In American society the family is just the first concept introducing you to a lifetime of indentured servitude in a world that wishes you were dead already. Nice job there Mom and Dad. Losers.
When I was a young sailor I was called into the squadron commanders office and reamed up one side and down the other about not writing home. Now that I'm a great grandpa I realize how much that meant to my parents.
How sad that their has to be a law. Maybe there should be one here in the United States. Many of my friends are neglected by their adult children, including myself. I've talked to mine about it, but nothing changed. I don't ever ask for their help or complain about my health, I don't want to be a burden. I know when my mother was alive, we talked
almost everyday, I loved her so very much, I just couldn't imagine being so distant. Life is short...
As an old person , I love the idea of it ! But seriously ?
If you raised your children correctly, then this isnt necessary .
But todays standards are slipping away, selfish children grow up into selfish adults.
Suit will not change that. Its too bad tho.
China leads the way! Great idea; don't let the family-values of American "exceptionalism" infect and destroy your country.
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