Social security in China: visit your parents more
The front page of the Chengdu Business Daily today features the obituary of Chen Qiang, a famous actor known for his two famous roles playing the villain, as the despotic landlord, Huang Shiren in the 1945 musical, “White-Haired Lady” and the southern tyrant in the 1961 film, “The Red Brigade.” He died yesterday 9:38 in Beijing. He was 94 years old.
The headline at the top of the page refers to new legislative proposals to protect the rights and interests of old people. The headline reads: “Make sure to visit your parents often.” The article says that the new law will clearly stipulate that family members not be ignored or neglected. If children live separately from their aging parents, they should go home frequently to visit them.
China currently has 20 million people over the age of 80. If you count people with age-related disabilities, that number is over 33 million. The new law proposes to create a new “old persons’ day” on September 9th of the lunar calendar.
The third aspect of the new law that the Chengdu Business Daily chose to feature on their front page refers to China’s policy on caring for the elderly. It says the new law will change the policy from, “Caring for the elderly is the responsibility of the family,” to, “The basic principle of caring the elderly is having them in the home.”