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China requiring people to visit their aged parents

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"Visit your parents. That's an order."

Only in China.

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This goes for kids who were abused by their parents too?

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I wouldn't have expected anything less from China, really. I would like to know more about this though...

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The only good thing I heard in China all year, THE ONLY THING!

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however the news about the mother living in the pig pen is very tragic. very sad to hear about that.

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I'm sure cases of abusive children exist, as they do in any country. But that law is probably about something else. It's now the second generation of one-child policy that have retired parents, while there exist no decent retirement system, the state wants the working age unique child to pay for all his ancestors still alive in the old Chinese tradition. Except that in 1930, each elderly as a tribe to share the burden. Now it's becoming possible that one person has 2 parents in their 60's, 4 grand-parents in their 80's. So a couple with one child could have to support themselves plus.., 1 to 13 other persons. That's of course, after paying the taxes to feed corruption at all levels, up to the cat fats of politician elite.

however the news about the mother living in the pig pen is very tragic.

Take it with salt. It's "Chinese news". Then even at this day, a poor Chinese countryside "house" and a pig pen cannot be distinguished, it's the same buildings all over a village, just some have animals inside, some have a few planks that serve as furniture. And you don't need to go 5000 km away from rich big cities to see that, there are pockets of poverty left everywhere. Now if a guy has become filthy rich in town and lets a grandma there at the charge of poor neighbors, yes, it's scandalous.

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I see there are more of these 'China bad bad bad' comments from certain posters. I bet a lot of these posters come from countries where it's typical to just dump granny in a nursing home and visit her perhaps once in a blue moon. While forcing people to visit their elderly relatives and threatening them with fines is not a good idea, there's a lot to be said about traditional Asian family values whereby the elderly were looked after by and lived with the younger generation, looking after one another. Sadly, these sort of values are disappearing even in Asia. I just think certain posters are hypocrites.

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Ridiculous regulation.

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I am all for this law and if fact I would watch the TV show dedicated to court room access to these types of "parent abuse" cases. People always say "Where were the parents?" when a child or supposed adult did something wrong, but "Where were the kids?" i.e. "Where was the family?"

Sad to see so many out there are morally bankrupt when wealth grows in families. -I would expect to see many of these individuals abusing their parents to fail financially and at life.

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In Singapore, that regulation has been introduced many years earlier. Elderly need moral support, mental stimulation and social outings. Visiting off springs are perfect candidates for that duties. After all, when they were kids, their parents cared,fed and supported them. It is pay back time to their parents. Sending parents to granny flats and leaving alone are not much different from Native American tribe or Eskimos way of dumping the parents.

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This goes for kids who were abused by their parents too?

Abused by parents?!

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Can't legislate morality.

Show it instead.

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the one child policy is coming back to bite china in the bottom, I see.

They only allowed one child, and now they realize that one child can not provide the amount of elderly care essential. Government they are going to have to shell out huge amounts of money to support the elderly, give them the care they need, and instead try to force the child to their dirty work instead.

Sadly, due to the one child policy (which resulted in many, many more men than women, meaning women had the chance to marry pretty well, and to their own conditions) often the wives, who would traditionally have to care for parents and inlaws, have negotiated their way OUT of such work prior to marriage.

The men of China are stuck between a rock (their own parents demanding visits and care or risk being sued) and a hard place (their wives, used to the good life, and not willing to visit, and certainly not care for his parents.)

Very sad indeed.

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