Hong Kong Legislative Council member Eunice Yung recently announced in a newspaper ad that she was cutting off ties with her father-in-law, Elmer Yuen. Photo: Jonathan Wong
Hong Kong Legislative Council member Eunice Yung recently announced in a newspaper ad that she was cutting off ties with her father-in-law, Elmer Yuen. Photo: Jonathan Wong
Wee Kek Koon
Opinion

Opinion

Reflections by Wee Kek Koon

In Chinese history, Confucian culture instructed wives to treat their parents-in-law as their own. One book gave a rundown of daily requirements

  • In imperial times, filial piety obliged children’s spouses, especially the wives of sons, to show love and respect for their parents-in-law
  • The ‘Book of Rites’ detailed how they should do this every day, including stroking and scratching painful areas of their in-laws’ bodies, and helping them wash

Hong Kong Legislative Council member Eunice Yung recently announced in a newspaper ad that she was cutting off ties with her father-in-law, Elmer Yuen. Photo: Jonathan Wong
Hong Kong Legislative Council member Eunice Yung recently announced in a newspaper ad that she was cutting off ties with her father-in-law, Elmer Yuen. Photo: Jonathan Wong
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