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Tue., July 2, 2013, 11:44 a.m.

Adult Chinese Kids Must Visit Parents

Pay a visit to Grandma and Grandpa—or else they’ll see you in court. In China, a new law went into effect on Monday requiring people to care for their elderly parents, with provisions calling for children to see them regularly, or at least call on the phone. The law is intended “to protect the lawful rights and interests of parents aged 60 and older, and to carry on the Chinese virtue of filial piety,” the official China Daily newspaper reports, and the legislation gives seniors leverage to use on offspring. “Parents whose children live apart from them and fail to visit regularly can ask for mediation or file a lawsuit,” the newspaper says/Bloomberg BusinessWeek. More here.

DFO: Both my mother & my wife's mother live in Coeur d'Alene. I & my two Coeur d'Alene siblings get mom out of the house several times per week. Mrs. O & I and my brother/sister-in law in Post Falls spend at least weekly time with my mother-in-law. My family doesn't need a law to visit senior parents.

Question: Does the United State need a similar Seinfeldian law to force adult children to visit their elderly parents?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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