Washing the feet of elderly relatives is a tradition with a long history in China, intended to show filial piety, but some question the continued practising of it. Photo: Handout
Washing the feet of elderly relatives is a tradition with a long history in China, intended to show filial piety, but some question the continued practising of it. Photo: Handout

Chinese women washing feet of mothers-in-law in a public show of filial piety sparks debate

  • Women gathered in a square in northern China with basins filled with hot water to wash the feet of in-laws, a tradition meant to symbolise love and care
  • Some criticise such ‘performances’ for promoting subservience at the expense of individualism and equality, but Chinese authorities strongly support them

Washing the feet of elderly relatives is a tradition with a long history in China, intended to show filial piety, but some question the continued practising of it. Photo: Handout
Washing the feet of elderly relatives is a tradition with a long history in China, intended to show filial piety, but some question the continued practising of it. Photo: Handout
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