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Chinese Law Says People Must Visit Elderly Parents

dateline: 02 July 2013

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • elderly: old
  • shrink: to become smaller
  • policy: rule
  • legislation: law
  • draft: to write
  • raise awareness: to make people more aware of an issue or concern
  • enforce: to force people to follow a rule

Chinese Law Says People Must Visit Elderly Parents

China’s new elderly protection law states that adult children must visit their elderly parents. Aging parents can take their adult kids to court if they feel neglected. The law does not state a child must visit his or her parents. There is also in the legislation that states how the law would be enforced and what the is for neglecting one’s elderly . The elderly population in China is growing quickly, and the working population is shrinking due to the one-child policy, which was introduced to control population . A professor who helped draft the elderly protection law said that the legislation is mainly there to raise awareness for elderly people who need emotional support. Caring for the elderly was once an important part of China’s traditional family-oriented society.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What does the new Chinese law require adults to do?
  2. Why is the working population shrinking in China?
  3. How often are adult children required to visit their aging parents?

Discussion Question:
Do you agree with China’s elderly protection law? Why or why not?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

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