This is a very interesting article because the government mandates visits to your parents. In China the elder parents rely on their children rather than the government, as we do in the US. Unfortunately that is one of the reasons they want boys as children because the boy will marry and take care of his mother and father. I know how important this is first hand and my wife told me that she must take care of her parents before we got married so I understood that it would be our responsibility. I understood and accepted the responsibility when we married. Also, when we go back to China we must visit her parents and family members during our time in China and it is mandatory. This is one of the reasons our schedule fills up fast in China because we need to visit each relative’s house for lunch or dinner. Most children will send back to their parents 25-50% of their wages to assist them which I think is a better process than relying on the government. The government sees the growing elderly population and does not want to be responsible for care so they probably created this law to help with what could have a major effect on the government’s financial resources. Is the government going to put people in jail, I do not think so but they want to remind children to visit and care for their parents. Unfortunately I have seen firsthand the other side where a neighbor does not care for her elderly mother. In my wife’s village a neighbor lady is very old and lives in the old style housing built in the 1970 & early 1980’s which is a simple house with a single room which is partitioned off for a kitchen and bedroom, the toilet is a bed pan. The children never cared for their mother and the neighbors would help her with food and any fixes to the house. Over a year ago when I went back there was a new house built right behind her old house and my wife told me it was her daughter who built the house because the factories may come and buy up all the houses for the new factories. Since the land is officially owned by the government they get dollar values for the amount of square footage of livable space, so the daughter built a shell house just to take advantage of her mother without in the past ever helping her, which I have witnessed over the last 9 years.
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