29-year-old 'man-baby' sues parents for not financially supporting him

Nadine Kalinauskas
'Man-baby' Kuang Zhengxuan (via CCTV News)

In China, a man and his wife practiced some tough love and kicked their adult child out of the house.

Now their 29-year-old unemployed son is suing them for not taking care of his financial needs.

Kuang Zhengxuan has become rather infamous on Chinese social media for expecting his parents to continue financially supporting him at almost 30. His decision to sue his parents for neglecting to fund his lazy lifestyle earned him the unfortunate nickname of “man-baby.”

According to news reports, Kuang’s parents grew tired of his mooching — they claim he refused to work and spent most of his time sleeping and playing with his cell phone — so they asked him to move out.

"I cannot continue to financially support my 29-year-old son," Kuang’s father, a migrant worker, explained.

Kuang wasn’t just grumpy about the move, he was ready to take legal action.

"Actually, I do not want to become a kenlaozu (a healthy adult still relying on their parents), but I cannot support myself,” he insisted to local media.

“I don’t have the abilities, but they do. Why can’t they raise me?” he told CCTV News.

“I can’t support myself,” he said. “My parents have enough resources to take care of me but they don’t, so I want to sue them.”

Kuang certainly isn’t the only adult seeking cash from mom and dad.

CCTV reported that a large number of adults still rely on their parents for financial support in China, with about 65 per cent of parents still raising their adult children to some degree.

Kuang quit school at a young age and took up two valuable skills: woodworking and hair cutting. Apparently he wasn’t too keen on “the laborious nature of craftsmanship" and failed to pursue either avenue with much determination.

After enduring a few odd jobs — and being falsely accused of stealing at his job site — he came to the conclusion that he had no real abilities and wasn’t cut out for work.

Of course, when you’re kicked out of your parents’ house, you do need to make some money. So far, Kuang has found part-time work as a portrait model at an art school, a job that — surprise, surprise — doesn’t suit him either.

“It’s also exhausting being a portrait model. I have to sit still for 4 to 5 hours each time. And it’s not stable. There might be no case for you tomorrow,” he explained.

Kuang should be careful with that lawsuit. His parents have the right to file their own one day.

In China, elderly parents can sue their children for financial and emotional support.

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