But it turns out you can buy that, too, or at least some semblance of it: in the two weeks after the new law was established in China, more than 100 new online elderly care providers sprang up on Taobao.com, one of China’s biggest shopping sites, offering services that included just dropping by for a chat. He still works as an artist, and he lives with his wife, who is a wonderful companion.
By the end of this year, that number is expected to balloon to 202 million.
China’s government is facing the massive burden of supporting its growing millions of elderly citizens at the exact same moment as a roaring urban economy is taking away the traditional filial support system.
In fact, many of us today use Twitter and Facebook to promote our existing and upcoming businesses.
And people looking to connect with other business-associated contacts usually move to sites like Linked In, but one need to understand that social media is beyond Twitter, Facebook, Linked In and Blogs.
Though I think often about how I’d like my father to get to know my children better, in the way that my grandparents were present in my life when I was growing up, there are ways we work around the geography.