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Landmark Ruling in China Puts Price on Wife's Housework
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Landmark Ruling in China Puts Price on Wife's Housework



The outcome of a divorce case in China has sparked a conversation about the value of women's household labor. 

CNBC reports a Beijing divorce court has ruled that a wife should be compensated for her 5 years of housework, to the tune of 50,000 yuan. 

In dollars, that works out to $7,700, or about $32 a week. 

Unsurprisingly, the ruling has led online commenters (and plenty of them, with a hashtag on the subject generating 570 million views on Weibo) to deem the compensation inadequate. 

The BBC has more on the couple via court records, reporting they married in 2015 and that the husband, surname Chen, filed for divorce in 2020.

CNN reports the wife, surname Wang, requested compensation of $24,700, claiming Chen "barely cared about or participated in any kind of domestic chores" and that she shouldered the responsibility providing childcare for their son. 

She'll receive an additional $3,600 a year in alimony. 

The presiding judge on Monday explained that while it's more customary to think of dividing tangible property in a divorce, "housework constitutes intangible property value." 

But the ruling was only possible thanks for a new civil code introduced in January that allows a divorcing party to seek compensation related to a lopsided burden when it comes caregiving for children and elderly relatives. 

QUESTIONS:
1) What made the divorce of Ms. Wang and Mr. Chen highly debated in China? 

2) Explain the court ruling granting her compensation for all the domestic chores all the while they were married. What is the new civil code all about?

3) As per the judge, why is it important to also specify the importance of housework in divorce proceedings?

4) Do you find the housework remuneration necessary among couples? Why or why not?

5) In Korea, will such "intangible property value" be a consideration? Justify your answer. 

VOCABULARY/EXPRESSION:
civil code - a codification of private law relating to property, family, and obligations 

 


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