Saturday, 12 February 2011

More One-Child Policy Issues

While Chinese New Year or Spring Festival is the time for family gatherings, for children who are products of the one-child policy in China, it can be a fractious one that can lead to divorce.

While this may seem ridiculous, it's true -- for couples whose hometowns are far away from each other, tough choices must be made.

Zhu Shaomin tried to get divorced this year. She is from Jiangsu Province, while her husband Chen Jun is from Shandong Province. For the past two years Chen refuses to go see Zhu's parents.

"Since it's the same problem every year, why not split up?" she asked. But the judge refused to grant them a divorce since they got along barring this one holiday issue.

One might think the best way to resolve it would be to alternate visiting each other's parents, but as many Chinese men refuse to bend or are too traditional, they don't want to go visit their wife's parents for the one-week holiday.

And if the couple has a child, which set of grandparents will get to see their precious grandchild?

Chinese society needs to realize these squabbles are ridiculous, and while traditions are meant to be kept, they are also meant to be modified to keep up with the times. Why not meet in a central location or alternate visits? And if they live close by, why not go visit one set of parents one day, then the other the next?

So while China is rapidly developing economically and adapting to new technologies like a fish to water, why can't its people be more reasonable?

The Chinese government likes to say it has prevented some 400 million extra people from populating the planet, but it really hasn't thought out this one-child policy out thoroughly...

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