In China, a new law makes it mandatory for children to visit their parents (over age 60), with a fine for those who don’t comply.
According to the law, children are required to visit their parents “frequently” and make sure their financial and spiritual needs are met.
The new law would be a major reform in safeguarding the rights of Chinese elderly. Coupled with an aging population and a one-child policy, the number of those over 60 is projected to increase. In 2011, some 185 million people were over 60. By 2050, a third of China’s population will be classed as elderly.
People have been documenting their ancestors and descendants throughout history. They enjoying learning more about where they come from.
Have you ever wondered about the oldest family tree? It belongs to Confucius - the famous Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher - who lived 551–479 BC.
A descendant of Emperor Tang (1675–1646 BC), his family tree contains millions of descents and today is in the 83rd generation.
In 1998, an international team began tracing and reviewing more than 450 global branches. A new edition of the Confucius genealogy book was printed in September 2009 by the Confucius Genealogy Compilation Committee, in honor of the 2560th anniversary of his birth. This latest edition is expected to include some 1.3 million living members around the world today.
The family tree covers 43,000 pages in 80 volumes and, for the first time, women, minorities and foreigners were included. The family genealogy has been maintained for some 2,000 years.
Sometimes it’s worth taking a step back from the way we do things, and taking a look at something different.