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Filial piety as law?

Updated: 2011-01-13 14:27
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Filial piety as law?

Have you ever heard the popular Chinese song “Often Go Home to Visit Parents" (Chang Huijia Kankan)? You may pay the price in the future if you do not visit your parents regularly. A draft amendment to China's Elderly Law requiring people to visit their aging parents regularly has sparked a heated debate. Under the amendment, elderly people could go to court to claim their right to be physically and mentally looked after by their children.




Filial piety as law?

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Filial piety as law?

It is a Chinese cultural tradition for children to take care of their aging parents. But should it be written into law? Is it easy to implement such an amendment? Are there better methods to deal with an aging population that needs better care and support? Here are some views from netizens.If you have any comments, please join our debate.>>>>>

Filial piety as law?

Pros:It serves as a reminder.(HsunTze)

The government authorities can use the law to instill a sense of responsibility, a reminder to love and care for parents. It is the moral duty of human beings.

Filial piety is a rare commodity.(Siakap)

Filial piety is a very rare commodity these days. It is very sad that this traditional Chinese virtue is disappearing fast!

Actions should be taken before it is too late. (WutianWen)

I have seen examples of old people dying unnoticed in their apartments. It's such great a matter in my country, and we must take measures now. To strengthen moral education will take a long time and the best choice now is to make it legally bound.


 Filial piety as law?

Cons: The amendment is hard to implement. (Tristan)

I am afraid that this amendment will be difficult to implement. For example, what about people who live hundreds or thousands of kilometers away from their parents? It is not easy for them to visit their parents frequently. And how often would be "often" enough? The requirement is ambiguous and hard to define.

Law is not omnipotent. (Red Guard)

It is not necessary to regulate all details of human interaction by laws. Everyone would agree that people should be polite and friendly to their neighbors as well as to strangers, but you can not regulate it by law.

The legislation would become pie in the sky.(Vincent)

The intention is good but the question is how to implement it? Will the country cover low-paid workers' travel expenses to visit their parents? Will a public holiday is established to visit the elderly? If such problems cannot be properly solved, the legislation would become pie in the sky.


Filial piety as law?

Filial piety as law?It violates personal liberty.

"It is impossible to enforce compulsory visits to elderly family members because it violates personal liberty. It would be better to strengthen moral education than to force people to do something legally,"said Qian Jun, a Beijing-based lawyer.

The effect of law may be weakened.

"The effect of the law may be weakened if it cannot be effectively implemented. Many adult children who work outside their hometowns actually have little chance to go back home and visit their parents because they have engrossing jobs and very few holidays," said Wang Shichuan, a news analyst.

The law is impractical when it comes to punishment.

"It is hard to quantify whether a person offers more emotional care to his or her parents than previously," said Guo Zizhong, a legal expert at the Rights Protection Center for the Aged of the Beijing Gonghen law firm. "It's not possible for a law to set down the rules for punishing those who do not break a law, but who do not show enough filial obedience."



Filial piety as law?

Filial piety as law?

Filial piety as law

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