Filial Piety

New filial piety law takes effect to much criticism in China

An old woman and her grandson in Beihai Park in Beijing. Photo:Simon Song

Be careful unfilial children, you might be breaking the law in China if you don't visit your elderly parents from now on.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Filial piety requires emotional care, not just financial support

Filial piety requires emotional care, not just financial support. Photo: Reuters

Recent family tragedies have sparked discussions on the relationship between children and their parents in the local community.

5 Apr 2013 - 3:02am

Public outcry after son moves mother into pigsty

The mother has been moved indoors. Photo: SCMP

The revelation that a Lianyungang farmer kept his 100-year-old mother in a pigsty for two years has added fuel to the debate of conditions facing the elderly.

13 Dec 2012 - 4:28am

'It was a dream to push mum across China'

Fan Meng, 26, and his 53-year-old mother Kou Minjun hit the road with supplies. Photo: Imaginechina

Fan Meng, 26, made headlines across the mainland recently for pushing his wheelchair-bound mother, Kou Minjun, more than 3,500 kilometres in a three-month odyssey from Beijing to Yunnan. His dedication touched many and some media outlets even described him as a new model of filial piety. The Beijinger said he was just taking his mother for a long vacation.

28 Oct 2012 - 5:51am

New standards on filial piety cause unhappiness

The 24-point outline for filial duties will begin this year as a public education exercise. Photo: AFP

Since ancient times, the virtue of filial piety, or treating one's parents and ancestors with the utmost respect, has been considered an integral part of Chinese society, and one in which people take great pride.

The public is taught at a young age about the 24 paragons of filial piety, based on texts from the Yuan dynasty (1279-1368).

20 Aug 2012 - 5:04am

Close encounters with Confucian values

A holiday is an opportunity to take a break from the daily routine and nurture family relationships. At Easter, I went to Thailand with my husband, to give our children a break from our supervision, as well as to enjoy each other's company. To save time and energy, we joined a tour group of 19 people.

6 May 2012 - 12:00am

Much of what was taught by Confucius is still relevant in our modern world

I refer to the report ('Is Confucianism the answer?' July 20).

31 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Family should take care of elderly

I am writing in response to a reader's letter about the elderly in Hong Kong. I agree that because of the low birth rate, Hong Kong faces a growing elderly population. But I don't think the responsibility of taking care of old people should fall completely on society, especially for elderly people who have children.

2 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Children blame busy lifestyles for neglecting parents' needs

Sons and daughters scored only average marks for caring for their elderly parents in a survey that reveals changing attitudes towards the family.

The telephone poll, sponsored by Prudential Assurance and carried out by Hong Kong Polytechnic University, interviewed 885 adults aged from 30 to 45 and 641 parents over 50.

1 Mar 2001 - 12:00am