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July 8, 2013 1:23 PM

As China’s respect for elderly fades, they can sue kids who don’t visit

For generations, elderly Chinese could count on having a place in multi-generational households, where their children could treat them in infirmity. But this ancient social contract is giving way as the Chinese economy booms, prying apart families with job opportunities in distant cities or abroad. Nongovernmental organizations, nursing homes and provincial governments are picking up the slack. China’s government has taken notice, and a new, broad law allows parents to take their children to court for not visiting them “often.”

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