China creates new filial standards: Young people must vacation with their parents


China releases new standards for filial piety, including teaching them to use the internet.


Philippe Lopez

It is now imperative that you teach your parents how to use the internet say Chinese authorities.

This, along with other guidelines for respectful children are featured in the updated filial piety manual dating back to the Yuan dynasty in the 14th century.

The manual was originally written by the scholar Guo Jujing who collected tales of obedient children.

They were printed for centuries until being banned by the Communist party for being "backwards," reported the Guardian.

Yet, with the advent of information age exigencies, the standards are back.

The original 24 Filial Exemplars have been updated by the All China Women's Federation and the China National Committee on Ageing to meet the demands of modern life.

Indeed, some of the new standards include listening to their parents' blather about the good ol' days, taking them to see romantic comedies, and supporting their extracurricular pursuits.

In what may prove to be a deal-breaker, the new morality text urges children to call their parents at least once per week to let them know you love them, said China Daily.

Oh, and spend more time with parents during holidays!

More prosaic new measures include making sure their health insurance is up to date and taking them for medical appointments.

"The essence of the new guidance has not changed. The spirit of being filial is part of our culture. We've just added the features of modern society," a person behind the new effort told the Guardian.

The original guidelines differed just slightly, reported the Telegraph:

Save your parent from a hungry tiger featured prominently.

As did feeling your parents' pain and tasting your parents' soups and medicines for quality.

Some things never change.