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#1 sChiZoO14

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 12:23 AM

It’s the right thing to visit Mom and Dad every now and then. In China, the law now requires it.

In an unprecedented move, the Chinese legislative arm has empowered elderly parents who feel frustrated and weakened by their adult children’s gross neglect by passing into law a “Parent Abandonment Bill.” Adult children are now legally required to visit their old parents and show some love, or have charges pressed against them by said parents.

Clearly, the law is a transparent reflection of the massive cultural changes taking place in this developed country, and by extension, the rest of (East) Asia. Communalism and community seem to be crumbling in favor of the fast-paced individualist lifestyle in China, while the orthodox extended family is fading, according to the Associated Press. The time-worn tradition that had elderly parents living in the care of their adult children or other family members seems to have become old-fashioned, and nursing homes — which were previously regarded as expensive or insulting, or both — have now become the norm.

The rapid rise in China’s elderly population has come with a proportionate increase in the number of reported cases of senior citizen abuse. China’s state media relayed the story of one son in the plush province of Jiangsu, who apparently coerced his 100-year-old mother to live in a pigsty for two whole years, according to the AP. Between 2007 and 2009, a 13% spike in the reported number of elder-abuse cases has been seen in Greater China, the South China Morning Post disclosed four years ago.

The director of a well-known advocacy group, Against Elderly Abuse, revealed to the South Post: “Because of Chinese culture, elderly people are reluctant to reveal the disgraceful affairs of their families.” This admission, no doubt, tells just how bad the negligence and abuse issues are, as a myriad of cases go unreported by the sheepish victims.

The new law doesn’t declare how often children must visit their parents — this means that there may not be enough grounds for any resulting lawsuit. China now boasts numbers in excess of 167 million people over the age of 60, reports the BBC, so this familial law ostensibly serves two basic uses: preserving the family unit that may be starting to fray, and reducing the expensive burden on institutions sworn to take care of the aged.

It goes without saying that anyone with a bit of a conscience does well by sustaining elderly parents, especially after they have done so much diaper-changing in their day.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 01:43 AM

"It goes without saying that anyone with a bit of a conscience does well by sustaining elderly parents, especially after they have done so much diaper-changing in their day." <-- This pretty much sums up how I feel, plus parents do a lot more than just diaper changing. If you are decent person then you should help look after your parents when they are elderly. The only time I think one shouldn't have to is when they have come from an abusive home.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 06:54 PM

That will get those selfish kids to care for them more, buahahahaha. This obvioulsy doesn't affect the ones that are filialPosted Image

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 08:18 PM

This law must be upheld anyway

This is something that all children should do, unless the parents nvr brought him or her up

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 08:26 PM

It’s the right thing to visit Mom and Dad every now and then. In China, the law now requires it.

Adult children are now legally required to visit their old parents and show some love, or have charges pressed against them by said parents.


This is terrible what comes to broken homes. Who would want to see parents which beat and abuse. On the other hand this is terrible when there is a NEED for this kind of thing... Like nobody would want to meet their own parents, that is a sad thought.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 11:02 PM

There is both good and bad to this law. First of all, how can they enforce it?? Also, if there were kids that did not care much for their parents, they would only do it so that they don't get punished, therefore, are only doing it out of obligation and not out of will. It is good that it may help build bonds between parents and children if there are some that rarely visit their parents. Lets see if this "law" will even work at all...

Edited by HeTieShou, 16 January 2013 - 11:03 PM.


#7 BeInspired

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 11:08 PM

Agreed with snoweye. What about those who come from broken homes? What about those who were adopted then? Who do they care for, their foster or biological parents?

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 11:16 PM

This is terrible what comes to broken homes. Who would want to see parents which beat and abuse. On the other hand this is terrible when there is a NEED for this kind of thing... Like nobody would want to meet their own parents, that is a sad thought.


Oh yea, that is true.. I guess those may be exceptions then?? This "law" has too many flaws and they never think about the consequences or something. I think this will backfire just like their one child policy...

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 05:30 PM

Is funny how life works. Your parents give birth to you and bring you up as an adult so in return when they go old you look after them. This is suppose to be a natural thing to do. But when it comes to money. nature, respect and love is out the door. How you treat your parents is how your kids will treat you. It is call KARMA! if you plan not to have children you're pretty F@@k too, you will grow old with no anyone to love you.

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 09:23 AM

Not everyone comes from a perfectly happy family, there are many things that happen. I know sme that come from a very dysfunctional family, those that are abusive, a bad influence, and what not. Why do you think there are so many children going to therapy at a young age? Most of the time it's cause of family problems, it's not about being filial or not and it is not natural to raise your parents when you're older. I see the media supports it cause in series most of the time you see grown adults in their 30's-40's with a family still living with their parents. This doesn't even happen that much in reality. If you were born into a family who were abusive and what not towards you then it's the saying where they gave birth t you but they didn't raise you properly. I feel we should all have a choice on these matters, no one is abandoning anybody the only natural human instinct is to want to start living independently and have a family of your own. Nowadays most ppl buy their parents a home to live and come over once in a while during the holidays to celebrate, it's perfectly normal to me.

Edited by Edceeezyy, 22 January 2013 - 09:26 AM.