20 março, 2012

China faces 'timebomb' of ageing population

While hundreds of millions of Chinese families toasted the new year together, 84-year-old He Daxing huddled on the doorstep of his daughter's home in Chongqing.

On the most important date in the calendar, not one of his six grown children – born before the country's one-child policy was imposed – would take him in.

Filial piety is so embedded here that officials offered to help him sue his offspring when he fell ill after four nights outside: Chinese law requires adults to support their parents. Yet his case shows that traditional ideals are under growing pressure in a fast-changing, increasingly individualistic society.

Fonte: The Guardian, 20/03/2012


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