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江苏“禁止啃老”的立法有不足 - The are Insufficiencies in the Jiangsu Province Prohibition of 'Gnawing the Old' print version
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In both Jiangsu and Kunming prohibitions of 'gnawing the old' have  been legislated, after many violent incidents have took place. The factor of high apartment prices is the key for this problem.

'Lacking independent living ability' isn't defined clearly by the law, but a large number of people who are "gnaw the old", do it as they don't have independent living capacities. Although the unemployed don't have independent living capacities, low income workers can also be considered as such. The awkwardness which the regulations protecting the rights and interests of the elderly are facing, has to do with the fact they are directed at a particular minority of people who "gnawing the old ", while letting off numerous other who "gnaw the old", while possessing independent living abilities. Only the latter are a major group which the elders cannot support.

Some people believe that there is need of tolerance towards those who "gnaw the old" and don't have independent living capacities. There are other people who say that those who go to their parents on the weekend for "free meals" or accept the money their elder parents give them, are not "gnawing the old" but rather an expressing filial piety.  This claim has proper reason, but the elders also have the right to refuse the "gnawing the old by those who lack independent living capacities.

The reason behind some of the people who "gnawing the old", who are so-called 'lacking independent living capacities', is actually that they basically cannot stand on their feet. They become ruthless when they aren't under their parents' support, so those children could never become independent. Though more important is that the elders have the right to refuse the 'gnawing the old by those who lack independent capacities', hence there is benefit by social insurance system as in charge of the people who "gnaw the old".

[1] 啃老 kěn lǎo - 'Gnaw' or 'nibble' the old. This term refers to youngsters who keep utilizing their parents' support, particularly it term of financial support and living space, even when they reach their 20's or 30's. Lately this issue has provoked much discussion, as well as being more and more supervised by government authorities.

[2] "没有独立生活能力" méiyǒu dúlì shēnghuó nénglì - 'Lacking independent living abilities'; Not having the capability to stand on their own feet. This expression, as well as the one above, is often linked to the English term NEET ('not in education, employment or training') which describe young adults who are incompetent with many of the important roles one has in complete in the society, and often are a burden on their parents.

[3] "啃老族" kěn lǎo zú - 'Gnawing the old group', the young adults who are a financial (and moral) burden on their parents.

[4] "蹭饭" cèng fàn - 'Free-load food', free meals.

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