BEIJING, July 8 (Xinhuanet) -- The new “Elderly Rights Law” stirred heated discussion about how the new law should be enforced. CCTV reporter Ying Yiyuan talked to both the young and old, to get their take on the difficulties in enforcing the law.
Mr. and Mrs Shi are a 70-year-old couple, who live in a two roomed flat in Hangzhou. Their son Shi Qingming works as an IT Technician in the US. For the last 5 years, he hasn’t been back home. But, each weekend, he keeps in touch with his parents through video chat.
Mr. and Mrs Shi say they understand their son’s situation, who is busy with his own young family.
Even for those who don’t live abroad, visiting parents on a regular basis can also prove difficult.
CCTV reporter Ying Yiyuan said, “For young people who come from small towns, finding work and settling down in a big city is their first priority when they finish school. Often they end up living thousands of miles away from their parents and going home for a visit regularly isn’t always possible or financially feasible.”
Zhanghe studied for four years at a College in Hangzhou, and now she earns her living as a newspaper reporter in the city. But her home is in a border town called Tachen in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous region, 4,700 kilometers away.
According to statistics, more than 178 million people in China were 60 years or older in 2010. The figure will double in 2030. Elderly care is a pressing issue for both government and individual families. But how the new elderly rights law will make a difference in society remains to be seen.