that drives parents to ask for greater compensation for lost children, it is greed masquerading as filial piety.
If we was talking of the US or Europe, I would tend to agree, though a country that only entered the market economy, not long ago and with such a wide distinction from poor and poorer, with a one child policy. tells me it is natural desperation if the parents are poor farmers, who are exploited.
Though we do not know the backgrounds of these children that have passed away, I still don't figure how the Chinese people should take the verbal diarrhea as greed, when it's obviously a cry of desperation of how they are going to manage.
What actually gets up my nose is the fact that many westerners, just haven't got a clue of Chinese culture, so end up with a tit for tat argument
There is no doubt in my mind, having lived closely in a very tight community of mainland Chinese in Beijing, that FP is very deep, not only within the families, but towards many foreigners too.
Of course there are ass holes in every society, but generally speaking the majority are very poor, there is very little waste of food, when compared to the west, and there is very little waste of finances, as everyone wants an education for their children to improve the families standard of living for all the family.
You cannot compare FP to any western nation it's that simple, unless you go back to Victorian times.
I'm not agreeing with anyone here, I'm just trying to smooth out those tiny judgemental remarks, which I see as inappropriate.
The drive and the ambition by a race like china cannot be controlled over night, the corruption and greed I see every where in the world, not just China, black market goods are produced in the cheapest labour areas, and foreigners buy them, which makes the foreigners funding the black market as bad as the pirates.
One thing for sure is that China is now causing the world great economical problems, by setting up illegal factories in every Country producing and selling fakes it runs into billions of dollars every year.
Even Top Shop is selling off the cat walk copies....So when discussing greed, I think one needs to really look in the mirror and realise that most of us were raised in a competitive market, but have you ever handed over all your money to raise the standards of your whole family.
It is still very normal today for families to share apartments in China and Taiwan and share the cost of living between everyone, this is not typical western way, but with group effort you get strong and powerful with no financial worries knowing that you are all working to achieve something for the whole family. It's a way of life, that westerners really do not comprehend.
Though there used to be a cartoon called the RED RAT I think it was called, based on the philosophy of rich dad poor dad. About the rat race and wealth creation something the west is not geared to do, has it lives on credit.
Most Chinese families build on this philosophy, if all the finance goes into one pot, the whole family works towards wealth creation. Not spending what they do not have to spend. China is a very cash rich place, but it is wisely spent, and gaining assets that make profits for the family is the sole joint venture between families.
If the expected bread winner is the son or daughter, of the parents, that have pumped all their financial wealth into the education has the fundamental basis of family preservation and I say preservation because that's what it is all about. Then it is even more natural that these parents would ask the Chinese government for more compensation.
I don't see the word opportunism being in their minds, when opportunism is the American dream, to put it bluntly and there are no bigger scams, than those that have come out of America, so if we should blame anything on anyone, it is very easy to see, that the American culture spreads over the world, they are the ones that take the lead and every other Country resents the bad influences and likes the good ones (GET RICH) anyway you can. That is not to say all Americans are like that though.
Even the Chinese culture in America and Europe is basically the same when it comes to FP, most of the finance is sent back home to the whole family. Evolution takes time so the FP we had 200 years ago has been much eroded by Country growth and development of the USA.
China's fundamentals are not in place yet, to have the American fever and opportunist moments of greed and scams, but it's getting there. Especially when it means copying to create wealth.
means that the demand has always been there by westerners.
I feel desperation when I return to my roots, as the vermin roam the streets at night, back in the 50's 60's and 70's it wasn't like that. Now on the estate were i used to live has Welcome to Chicago, spray painted on the bridge, and all you will see is rappers, crack heads, prostitutes and lazy non workers living off benefits and still working illegal.
The middle class citizens live in there own protected worlds, yet all the poor good hearted respectable people living in these hoods, are the victims on a daily basis, working hard to escape the rat race.
When you have lived that far down the ladder, then you will know what it's like.
Anne is a sentimental dreamer like myself always wishing for my childrens sake that society improves, we all wish it was like the olden days, but the world goes around, it doesn't stand still, though it helps to preserve good traditions.
We also learn to be opportunists at a young age, rather than being criminals, the paths are there, but if you take the wrong path and follow it too long, you will never trust yourself ever again. Ethics and respect do matter though the west has progressed from the 1800's China is just a new happening, so probably FP changes too in depth, has a country developed. I mean old aged people live pretty well in regulated old peoples homes, some have their own 1 room apartments in these homes, you have choice. so the measure of FP is of course different.