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[Odd] Domestic help job sought for mom
Latest Updated by 2006-12-08 09:47:23

A SHENZHEN woman is looking to find her mom a job as a domestic helper, a rare move in China where children are traditionally expected to support their parents.


The woman, who did not reveal her or her mom's name, posted the request on four community Web sites, including the Web site of her housing estate, Xinghaimingcheng. Xinghaimingcheng is a middle-class housing estate in Nanshan District, where property sells at nearly 10,000 yuan (US$1,250) per square meter.


The ad said the mom, who was in her 40s, was an honest and hardworking Hakka who had just arrived from inland. "She has nothing to do during the day and wants to do any domestic help on an hourly basis. She can cook, clean and pick up children," said the message.


The woman claimed money was not the reason behind the job search. "I could just talk my mom out of working," she said, adding that her mom would not stay with her in Shenzhen unless she could find something to do. "I promised to find her a job to make her stay," she said.


Within four hours of posting the message, she got dozens of responses from people from as far as Luohu Railway Station. The respondents believed that a flat owner's mother would be more trust-worthy than an ordinary domestic helper.


The woman said she and her sister posted the ad without telling her brother-in-law, who doesn't want the mom to work at such an age as the family doesn't lack money. "We posted the message when he was on a business trip," the woman told the Daily Sunshine.


The message triggered debates online, with some people arguing that it was against the Chinese tradition to have parents work as domestic helpers. The woman said she had tried to persuade her mother into joining the senior citizens' amateur dancing group - a more usual way for elderly people to enjoy their leisure time - but her mom did not like dancing.


Work is more than just a matter of making a living, said Hu Yeqiu, a researcher with the Special Zone Cultural Research Center. It fulfills one's life, he said. "The best way to demonstrate your responsibility is to respect your parents' wishes," said Hu.


Editor: Wing

By:Helen Deng Source:Szdaily web edition
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