Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Chinese committing suicide every two minutes

With between 250,000 and 300,000 suicides a year...
In the past, the Communist Party regulated everyone's lives, guaranteeing the "iron rice bowl'' of government support from cradle to grave...This is no longer the case and many Chinese have lost their footing
clipped from www.news.com.au
China suicide
China has one of the highest suicide rates in the world as its citizens have trouble adjusting to social upheaval

A TWO-year-old boy was orphaned in the southwest Chinese city of Chongzhou when his parents drank pesticide after a nasty row.

bears testimony to the dark side of reform - suicide rates that are now among the highest in the world
On average, a Chinese person takes his or her own life every two minutes
With the reforms, society has become more complicated
Society has been uprooted as traditional family and clan structures have disintegrated
In just one generation, China's millennia-old civilisation has become one dedicated almost entirely to profit
In the overall rush to get rich, a culture of competition places huge pressure not least on children, who usually have no siblings and face almost impossible expectations from their parents to be successful.
In a country where three or even four generations used to live under one roof, the elderly are now abandoned
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