The Chinese government has published a list of 24 guidelines on how to take better care of parents. These are a modern update of 24 traditional tales about dutiful children.
The guidelines list 24 suggestions, including giving parents a call every week, teaching parents to use the internet, and supporting single parents’ remarriage. They may not be suitable for all, but the underlying idea is much appreciated.
"I am so busy with work and my own family, that I may have ignored my parents. It's good to be reminded of this, and we should talk to our parents more."
"I don't care if my child gives me financial support, but I would like him to call me and visit me."
The guidelines are based on a Yuan Dynasty book, about 24 filial-hearted children who were very good to their parents. Experts say it's deeply rooted in Chinese culture to value family and the older generation. And it's a value young generations should not forget.
Liu Shinan, Senior Editor, China Daily, said, "It's this concept that encourages the whole nation to be united as one, in the face of disasters, wars and hardships."
Statistics show, more than 10% of the country's population is above 60. And more than half of elderly parents are living alone. Meanwhile, working over-time and fewer holidays make it increasingly difficult for people to find time for their parents. The aging society is facing a tough problem.
- Sub-anchor: "new 24 Filial Exemplars" issued 2012-08-17