China Family & Parenting
I'm future-proofing my child with Chinese lessons - we should all be doing the same
‘Come back to scold me, Mum’: China’s ‘Ice Boy’ Wang Fuman’s Lunar New Year wish - ASEAN/East Asia
Race to trace Chinese girl’s birth parents after cancer diagnosis reveals family secret - ASEAN/East Asia
China kindergarten dissects pig in front of kids as part of education
7-year-old delivery boy reignites child poverty debate in China
Chinese city gets face recognition tech for registering marriages
Two Chinese children die in stabbing after basketball game row
A Chinese couple died in a car crash. Four years later, their child was born.
2018-04-12 20:46:39 In March 2013, Shen Jie and Liu Xi were on the cusp of starting a family — a scheduled in vitro fertilization procedure was only days away — when the Chinese couple's car slammed into a tree in Jiangsu province. Liu was killed right away; Shen died five days later, reports said. At the Nanjing Drum Tower Hospital, Liu's fertilized embryos sat in a tank of liquid nitrogen, preserved at minus-320 degrees Fahrenheit   Read More ...
Chinese sisters reunite after 79-year war separation
2018-04-09 12:00:20 NANNING (XINHUA) - Bursting into tears, Que Bamei tightly held her older sister, with whom she had lost contact 79 years ago amid the turmoil of the Japanese invasion. Que, 87, was born into a large family in Qinzhou city in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. When the Japanese invaded the city in 1939, eight-year-old Que was separated from her eight siblings and followed other family members to flee to neighbouring Guangdong province   Read More ...
Family reunited 24 years after daughter went missing - | WBTV Charlotte
2018-04-05 21:19:40 CHINA (CNN/CGTN) – A Chinese woman, who went missing when she was just 3 years old, has been reunited with her parents after an age progression drawing of her was posted online. Now a 27-year-old mother of two, Qifeng Mingjing vanished in 1994 while she was on an errand with her father, Wang Mingjing, to change money. The heartbroken fruit-seller and his wife searched for years, with Wang Mingjing even working as a driver for a ride-hailing service in hopes his missing daughter might step into his car as a passenger   Read More ...
Chinese cities see rising marriage age
2018-03-13 10:02:20 Growing up with more diverse values than previous generations and in a more competitive society, many Chinese urban youths are getting married later -- either willingly or reluctantly. Zhang Sijia, 32, does not see marriage or fatherhood in his immediate future despite pressure from his parents. "At this stage, the most important thing for me is career development," said Zhang, who works in a state-owned company in Hangzhou, capital of east China's Zhejiang Province   Read More ...
Small is good for preschool firms
2018-03-13 06:01:42 Increased gov't investment can bring benefits, say experts. The size of transregional chain organizations specializing in early childhood education and care should be limited for better management and regulation, according to members of China's top political advisory body. [Special coverage] "Unlike running a chain of McDonald's restaurants, the risks of running a chain of kindergartens are way too high," said Ni Minjing, deputy director of the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission and a member of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference   Read More ...
Married couple in China discover they appeared in same photograph as teenagers: Report
2018-03-11 16:30:19 CHENGDU, Sichuan: A married couple in China recently found out that they had unknowingly crossed paths nearly 20 years ago, thanks to an old photograph stashed away in a family album. Mr Ye and his wife, Ms Xue, met and fell in love in 2011 in Chengdu, and have twin daughters - but the two unknowingly crossed paths in July 2000, when they visited the May Fourth Square in the seaside city of Qingdao at the same exact moment, Sina News reported   Read More ...
'Local govts, parents should ensure left-behind children attend school'
2018-03-10 09:30:05 Local governments should bear more responsibilities to ensure that all left-behind children go to school, Liu Limin, a former vice-minister of education, said on Saturday. Parents migrating to other cities should bring their children with them so that these children could receive better care, said Liu, also a national political adviser. He said the country has about 9 million left-behind children aged younger than 16, about 5   Read More ...
Government considers ways to build a 'parent-friendly environment'
2018-03-09 04:30:18 The government is taking steps to encourage more couples to have a second child by lowering the cost of raising children. "We will raise the personal income tax threshold and introduce expense deductions for items such as children's education and treatment for serious illnesses, relieving the burden when necessary," said Premier Li Keqiang on Monday, when he presented the Government Work Report at the opening session of the National People's Congress   Read More ...
Survey shows that many working moms have no clear career goals
2018-03-09 04:30:15 In China, a large number of working women with two children have no career goal and feel lost at work, according to a recent report. Of 4,000 people polled, only 37 percent said they are working to a clear career plan after having a second child, according to a survey conducted by the Guangdong Academy of Population Development, a governmental institution in Guangzhou, Guangdong province   Read More ...
Audio book aims to end childhood AIDS stigma
2018-03-08 03:30:39 Actor Huang Xiaoming plays a game with children at the launch ceremony of an audio book, The Bravest Boy I Know, in Beijing on Tuesday. The book, released by the UNAIDS China office, aims to combat AIDS-related discrimination, especially against children. (Provided to China Daily) The UNAIDS China office released on Tuesday The Bravest Boy I Know, a free Chinese-language audio book, to raise awareness and fight AIDS-related discrimination, particularly against children   Read More ...
A second child brings stress for many mothers
2018-03-06 20:03:07 After having a second child three years ago, 37-year-old Liu Si’en quit her job and became a full-time mother. “Everything I do is for the kids. It’s even more tiring than work,” she said. She gave up work, thinking she could offer her children the best education and companionship, as some mothers choose to do in China. Living in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, Liu follows more than 30 childcare and education WeChat accounts and has joined eight “mothers’ groups” on social media   Read More ...
Anxious Chinese moms think twice on second child
2018-03-06 10:01:14 After giving birth to her second child three years ago, 37-year-old Liu Si'en quit her job and became a full-time mom. Yet life around children is not easy. "Everything I do is for the kids. It's even more tiring than work," she said. Liu gave up work, thinking she could offer her children the best education and companionship, as some mothers choose to do in China   Read More ...
Help create the Chinese Dream, Beijing urges 'sons and daughters' abroad
2018-03-04 00:37:06 Beijing works to rally 'sons and daughters' abroad to help create 'Chinese Dream' A top Chinese leader has called for continued efforts to rally China's "sons and daughters" abroad to work towards President Xi Jinping's "Chinese Dream" of national rejuvenation. Key points: Yu Zhengsheng spoke at the opening of a largely ceremonial political advisory conference Aims to "deepen solidarity… with compatriots in Hong Kong" and further abroad China's attitude toward diaspora a source of growing friction with foreign governments In his comments, Yu Zhengsheng urged non-mainland ethnic Chinese, including those overseas, to work in the country's national interests   Read More ...
Lawmaker proposes third-child policy to help economy
2018-03-03 07:01:35 A lawmaker proposed allowing couples in China to have a third child at this year's political meetings known as the "two sessions," following a declining number of births in China last year. Zhu Lieyu, a National People's Congress (NPC) deputy and lawyer from the Guoding Law Firm in Guangzhou, South China's Guangdong Province, proposed that China should allow all couples to have a third child, warning that China will become a country with low fertility if the country fails to adjust its population policy, online media platform jiemian   Read More ...
Want to get divorced? Take an exam first!
2018-03-01 02:30:35 A court in the capital of northwestern China's Shaanxi Province is requiring couples who file for divorce to take a pre-divorce exam to ensure they are absolutely ready to end their marriage, local media Sanqin Metropolis Daily reported Tuesday. The examination is not mandatory, and will only be sat with the mutual consent of the couple. Questions relating to loving memories, major disputes and future plans, are supposed to reflect on the condition of the marriage   Read More ...
China warns parents after boy filmed peeing in lift
2018-02-26 16:09:48 Chinese state media are using a video of a child urinating in a lift to reinforce better parental controls. The Ministry of Public Security has shared footage on the popular Sina Weibo microblog from 23 February of an elevator in a building in southwest Chongqing. "Please educate, and take good care of your children!" it says. The footage shows a boy urinating over the buttons that take passengers to different floors   Read More ...
Australian researchers develop rotavirus vaccine effective for newborns
2018-02-22 07:30:29 An Australian-led team of researchers have successfully developed a rotavirus vaccine that could have the potential to protect millions of newborn babies around the world. Known as RV3-BB, the rotavirus vaccine was developed by the Murdoch Children's Research Institute and trialed on 1,649 newborn babies at 25 health centers and hospitals in District Klaten, Central Java and District Sleman, Yogyakarta in Indonesia   Read More ...
'We can't get any closure': Family struggling to bring relative's body home from China
2018-02-21 14:33:25 The family of a Saskatchewan woman who died in China last week says they haven’t been allowed to bring her body home until the $250,000 medical bill she incurred there is paid. Alicia Garlock was teaching in Chengdu, China when she suffered a medical emergency and was rushed to hospital last month. The 38-year-old woman originally from Melfort, Sask. underwent emergency surgery on her lungs and spent weeks in a medically induced coma in the intensive care unit before she died in hospital last week   Read More ...
UK’s Water Babies buoyed by its success in China
2018-02-21 05:30:51 United Kingdom infant swimming school Water Babies plans to open its first-ever swim centers in China this year, and intends to go on to build 80 facilities across the country in the next 10 years. The Devon-based franchise business had more than 50,000 clients per week last year and had a business model that depended on hiring out swimming pools. It is now looking to build and operate its own "premium facilities" to house Water Babies lessons, as well as aqua natal classes run by sister company WaterBumps   Read More ...
China Dropped Its One-Child Policy. So Why Aren’t Chinese Women Having More Babies?
2018-02-21 04:43:22 The government has unleashed in recent years a propaganda blitz on women it considers to be gao suzhi, or of “high quality.” “Make sure you don’t miss out on women’s best years for getting pregnant!” warn some headlines in state media. Those years supposedly are between the ages of 24 and 29, according to the government; beyond that, it says, beware birth defects   Read More ...
Japanese wins Thai custody of 13 surrogate kids
2018-02-21 04:03:32 A WEALTHY Japanese man was yesterday granted “sole parent” rights to 13 children he fathered through Thai surrogate mothers, in a court ruling that paves the way for him to take them to Japan. Mitsutoki Shigeta, 28, became the center of a scandal in 2014 after Thai police found a plush Bangkok apartment packed with infants under the care of 24-hour nannies   Read More ...
Who owns red envelope cash – parents or children? A Chinese court decides
2018-02-20 12:03:50 Chinese internet users have been arguing about whether red envelopes – filled with cash and given as gifts during the Lunar New Year – should go to children or their parents, after a court published its ruling on a related case. The court in Jinan, eastern China’s Shandong province, published information about various cases from around the country on its official Weibo account on Sunday   Read More ...
The Chinese cop who became long-lost 'son' of paraplegic
2018-02-20 09:30:06 Jiang Jingwei, a Shanghai police officer, saw his son and wife off at the airport for a Spring Festival family reunion. Then he took his own flight to Taiyuan in north China. Jiang was off to visit the woman who believes he is her long-lost son. For more than five years, he has been providing emotional comfort to Liang Qiaoying and her husband, Xia Zhenhai, an elderly couple who lost their son 15 years ago, A gas leak in 2003 not only took the son's life, but also damaged his wife's health and memory   Read More ...
China's singles head overseas to evade parental pressure
2018-02-16 06:30:10 Spring Festival, or Chinese Lunar New Year, is traditionally a holiday for family gatherings in China, but Huang Liyuan, who is unmarried, chose to travel overseas alone instead. "My parents have set up a series of blind dates for me," said Huang, 24, from south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. "I don't want to deal with all that." Hundreds of millions head home to celebrate New Year, but many young people would rather travel to escape the pressure, according to a report by Chinese online tour operator Ctrip   Read More ...
I'm future-proofing my child with Chinese lessons - we should all be doing the same
2018-02-15 12:27:11 When my three-year-old started coming home from preschool spouting off words, phrases, even songs in Chinese, I thought it was merely toddler gibberish. That is until we were out to dinner one night, and a friend pointed out,"You know she's counting to 10 in Mandarin, right?" In Hong Kong, they like to start school at a young age; competition is fierce and it's believed education is the key to success   Read More ...
‘Come back to scold me, Mum’: China’s ‘Ice Boy’ Wang Fuman’s Lunar New Year wish - ASEAN/East Asia
2018-02-15 12:02:01 New clothes, books, confectionery, toys, cash donations and even a free trip to Beijing – China’s “Ice Boy” and his family have benefited from his new-found fame in many ways since his photo went viral after a freezing trek to school last month. But this Lunar New Year, there’s one thing eight-year-old Wang Fuman wants more than anything else: his mother, Lu Dafeng   Read More ...
Thais try ‘magic pill’ to lift birth rates
2018-02-14 20:04:21 Thailand has tried cash bonuses and tax incentives to boost the country’s birth rate, but on Valentine’s Day it adopted a new approach — handing out vitamin pills. Like several other Asian countries, Thailand is a rapidly aging society. Birth rates have dropped sharply from more than six children per woman in 1960 to 1.5 in 2015, according to World Bank figures   Read More ...
Survey finds many U.S. parents of disabled children with no long-term care plans
2018-02-13 18:30:17 Less than half of parents of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities make long-term plans about who will take over their child's care if the parent or other relative providing care dies or becomes incapacitated, a study of the University of Illinois (UI) said. More than 380 parents, primarily mothers of individuals with disabilities participated in a web-based national survey about planning for their children's care   Read More ...
I'm future-proofing my child with Chinese lessons - we should all be doing the same
2018-02-12 14:46:54 When my three-year-old started coming home from preschool spouting off words, phrases, even songs in Chinese, I thought it was merely toddler gibberish. That is until we were out to dinner one night, and a friend pointed out,"You know she's counting to 10 in Mandarin, right?" In Hong Kong, they like to start school at a young age; competition is fierce and it's believed education is the key to success   Read More ...
20 years’ jail for mom, ex-partner in child’s murder
2018-02-12 04:02:51 A French appeal court yesterday sentenced a mother and her ex-partner to 20 years for the brutal murder of her five-year-old daughter whose disappearance in 2013 shocked the country. Cecile Bourgeon, 30, drew nationwide sympathy in May 2013 when she appealed for help in finding the blonde, blue-eyed five-year-old, saying she had disappeared from a public park. But four months later, she and her then partner Berkane Makhlouf both admitted they had buried her in a forest near the central city of Clermont-Ferrand, saying she had died in an accident at home   Read More ...
Much needed maternity help is hit and miss
2018-02-09 04:03:10 Demand for China’s “maternity matrons” has grown since the end of the one-child policy in 2016. However, the quality of these nanny services for new mothers has been questioned amid reports of infant maltreatment and other incidents. Mai Tian, an employee of a state-owned enterprise in Foshan City in south China’s Guangdong Province, said she started looking for a maternity matron, or yuesao in Chinese, when she was six months pregnant   Read More ...
Mother takes care of 35 left-behind rural children
2018-02-08 04:03:13 REN Li, 36, never saw herself as the mother of multiple children. She has a daughter attending high school. Every weekend, she spends her time singing, dancing, and reading with 35 left-behind children in the village where she was born. These children from Huoguang Village in southwest China’s Sichuan Province share the same woes as the 9 million rural left-behind children under the age of 16 across the country   Read More ...
'Companion mothers' help care for rural left-behind children
2018-02-08 04:01:09 Ren Li, 36, never pictured herself as the mother of multiple children. She has a daughter attending high school. Every weekend, she spends her time singing, dancing, and reading with 35 left-behind children in the village where she was born. These children from Huoguang Village in southwest China's Sichuan Province share the same woes as the 9 million rural left-behind children under the age of 16 across the country   Read More ...
Preschool oversight to be strengthened
2018-02-07 03:00:53 Kids at a kindergarten in Jiangsu province play a game of "standing spring eggs" with their teacher on Spring Equinox, March 20, 2017. (Photo/Xinhua) Ministry calls for stricter supervision following RYB Education scandal. China will extend its supervisory system for primary and secondary schools to also cover preschools and kindergartens, a move designed to further monitor and ensure young students' safety, security and educational quality, the Ministry of Education said on Tuesday   Read More ...
Two-child policy: A 'pain' to the elderly
2018-02-05 10:30:09 It has been two years since China allowed couples to have a second child. When the number of births in 2017 showed a decline to 17.2 million from 17.9 million the year before, observers wondered if 2016 represented the "peak" in births and questioned if the country was witnessing the beginning of a downward trend. As it is, the number of newborns in the past two years has fallen short of Chinese authorities' projection of 20 million babies a year �C a target figure that is hoped could bring some balance to the country's aging population   Read More ...
Parents worry about mobile-game obsessed kids
2018-02-05 03:00:22 Parents are increasingly worried about their children's indulgence in mobile games, a report by the city's teenager hotline suggested. While parent-children relationship and children's anxiety about their school performance remained top concerns, more parents sought expert opinions to deal with their children's obsession with mobile games and online live streaming hosts compared to previous two years. It accounted for 16 percent of all their calls   Read More ...
Singapore firms give China couples' baby-making efforts a push
2018-02-04 01:45:08 For the past six months, interior designer Zhang Jiemei has been trying for a second child - an option that became available only after China overturned its 35-year-old one-child policy. "The house is rather quiet, as my son is 18 this year and in senior middle school," said Ms Zhang, 40. "And my husband and I are still healthy, so we want the joy of raising another child   Read More ...
China’s migrant children dilemma - ASEAN/East Asia
2018-02-04 00:47:47 WHEN the case of “Snowflake Boy” Wang Fuman (pic) went viral in China – and worldwide – last month, it drew attention to the plight of China's 61 million “left behind” children, whose parents work in faraway cities. Wang, who was left in the care of his grandmother while his migrant worker father worked in Kunming, had to trek for an hour in the freezing cold to get to his school in remote Yunnan   Read More ...
Taiwan activist Li Ming-che's wife stopped from flying to China to visit husband-rights groups
2018-01-31 08:03:39 Taiwan activist Li Ming-che's wife stopped from flying to China to visit husband-rights groups Reuters January 31. 2018 12:31AM. TAIPEI, Taiwan — The wife of Taiwan activist Li Ming-che, sentenced to five years in prison by Chinese authorities for subverting state power, was stopped from flying from Taiwan to China on Tuesday to visit him in prison, rights groups said   Read More ...
Race to trace Chinese girl’s birth parents after cancer diagnosis reveals family secret - ASEAN/East Asia
2018-01-31 07:48:23 A 18-year-old woman from China was shocked to discover she was adopted after she was diagnosed with leukaemia and is now trying to trace her real parents for a bone-marrow transplant to save her life, a news website reported. Peng Xin underwent tests earlier this month to diagnose her illness, which revealed to her that her parents were not her biological mother and father and that she had been adopted after she was abandoned as a baby, Dahe   Read More ...