- MARRIAGE CLASSES FOR TAIWAN
> Taiwan passes a 'family education bill' which
requires couples to
> attend a class on managing a family before getting
Tuesday, 7 January, 2003
Marriage classes for Taiwan couples
Many Taiwanese could look to this couple for inspiration Taiwan
new laws which require couples to attend a class on how to manage a
before getting married.
In a bid to stem Taiwan's spiralling divorce rate, the "family
bill" requires couples who are ready to tie the knot must first
The class will include advice on child-rearing and budgeting,
Press news agency reported.
Chiang Chi-wen, one of the lawmakers who introduced the bill,
society needed to stop relying on the authorities to deal with the
from dysfunctional families.
Back to basics
"We've done too much from the downstream, but the root of the
really rests on families," Ms Chiang said.
She said that the courses could help men and women understand
Feminists blame the rising divorce rate partly on women's rising
of male chauvinism, as their education and job opportunities
Taiwan may have the world's longest-married couple - Liu
Yung-yang and Yang
Wan, who have been married for 85 years - but it also has one of
divorce rates in Asia, Ms Chiang said.
One out of three couples in Taiwan seek a divorce, she said.
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