Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Totally Alone

 From Life News:

The Chinese Communist Party’s One Child Policy had devastating effects on families that still are being felt years after its end. The oppressive population control measure, instituted in 1980 and ended in 2015, included forced sterilizations and forced abortions as well as severe penalties and job losses for families who violated the law. Now, researchers are blaming the policy for another growing problem: no one to care for aging Chinese citizens.

The Macau Daily Times reports at least 1 million older adults in China are worried about a lack of support in their old age because their only child died. “A child’s death is devastating to all parents. But for Chinese parents, losing an only child can add financial ruin to emotional devastation,” said Lihong Shi, a researcher at Case Western Reserve University. “That’s one conclusion of a research project on parental grief I’ve conducted in China since 2016.” (Read more.)


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