Old Man During Interview: Why Make Not Visiting One’s Parents Illegal, What’s Illegal is Being 30 Years Old and Still Not Married!
Jinghua Times – “Being 30 years old already and not yet married, now that should be illegal! It should be punished!” What are people’s opinions on the idea that “not visiting one’s parents often is a crime”? During interviews on the street, a smiling and chuckling old man suddenly lost control of his feelings and cried out a “legendary reply”: “Why should it be illegal if my kid doesn’t visit me very often? Being 30 years old already and not yet married, now that should be illegal! It should be punished!” Netizens joked: “So would that be condemned to prison with no wife? [a Chinese pun on “condemned to prison for life”]”
The above video clip is from a longer ~3 minute video posted last week that has accumulated over 3 million views and 40k comments…
“30 and Unmarried Should be Punished as a Crime”, “Law” Experts Talk Nonsense
Recently, with regards to the matter of legislation over “[adult children] not often returning home to check up [on their parents]”, this reporter conducted interviews on the streets of Beijing and experienced the unexpected. While there is legal or moral debate when it comes to often going home to visit [one’s parents], when it comes to what parents really think in their hearts, and in comparison to not often visiting, do you know what they actually consider the most “unfilial”?
As shown in the video, the legislation is called “老年人权益保障法” (Law Safeguarding the Rights and Interests of the Elderly) and came into effect on July 1st. The law has 9 sections and 85 clauses covering matters such as social security, preferential treatment, and legal responsibility, but is perhaps better known for making it “against the law” and thus “illegal” when adult children who live apart from their parents fail to visit or inquire about their parents “often” enough.
The viewpoints presented by interviewees in the video include:
- The problem is a moral issue, and not something that should be controlled with laws.
- Agree with the starting point of the legislation but don’t think much of the execution.
- Welcome the law and think it is reasonable.
- The law is too rigid, unreasonable.
The elderly Chinese man at the end says laws these days are nonsense, that his child not visiting him often shouldn’t be illegal, but what should be illegal is being 30 years old and still unmarried. That, he says, should be punished by the law, amusing Chinese netizens far and wide.
Comments from iFeng:
[He] gave voice to the most perplexing thing old people have in their hearts.
This [law] is called “not doing something about the things one should do something about and instead doing something about the things one shouldn’t”.
Different people have different standpoints. It’s because the sons of the old government officials legislating this law have purchased homes, married wives, and no longer care for their fathers that they’re legislating this law.
It’s very reasonable. There are three ways of being an unfilial son; and the worst is to have no descendents!
This is the attitude of most parents: Their children’s happiness is the most important thing. Poor parents of the world!
Doesn’t our country have family planning and population control? Not getting married and having children should be rewarded. Why make it against the law?
Not going home to see one’s parents is illegal? Everyone is going to go crazy.
Imprisonment with no wife! [Pun on “imprisonment for life”].
Getting married but not wanting children, as well as homosexuality, that’s all criminal thinking! It’s extremely narrow-minded hedonism!
Sentence/punish all those people who are 30 years old and haven’t got married or who are 30 years old and still can’t afford to get married…
Change [sack] the people who are making laws!! Many aspects are overstated!!!
Young people these days over-idealize marriage, even seeing it as a ladder to becoming rich and getting ahead in the world. The nation should make laws to sentence those who don’t marry before 30 years old!
Forcing filial piety through law is impractical, lacking in humanity, and unreasonable; The beautiful request, seems wonderful; the hypocritical morality, is actually ridiculous.
I’ve already broken the law. I do wish somebody would arrest me!
I don’t own a thing in the world, would you let your daughter marry me?
People who are 30 years old and unmarried should be sentenced as a crime. Otherwise those of us who are besieged [married] are screwed!
What this man is saying is his personal opinion, and doesn’t need to be reported. There are too many bizarre arguments and comments in society to all be reported.
Faint, I’m getting close to breaking the law now [almost 30 and not yet married].
Xiao Ming was prosecuted for not visiting parents for several years, and the judge sentenced two years in prison… Serving those two years, he again couldn’t see his parents, and was prosecuted again… As a result, he has never gotten out…
What do you think? Is there an age when people “ought” to be getting married? Should parents care about their children eventually getting married? What about visiting one’s elderly parents? Are young people neglecting the elderly becoming a worrisome social trend that requires legislation? How often do you see or talk to your parents?