Monday, January 25, 2010

Mom and Pop Child Laundering

A look at "the secretive process that has seen tens of thousands of unwanted girls born to dirt-poor parents in the Chinese countryside growing up in the United States with names like Kelly and Emily" — A family in China made babies their business. "The lucrative trade in newborns was fueled by an adoption frenzy that saw government-run orphanages paying for children who they then made available to Westerners."

Yes, the Kellies and Emilies, some of whom have been my own children's playmates, are better off in America and their adoptive parents are most likely good people, but that does not mean that this whole child laundering industry, with its unnatural demand from Westerners and cynical encouragement from Beijing, should not be questioned.

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Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

Well, this is what happens when one country has a huge number of people in it who delay childbirth in order to pursue careers, and another country has an official policy to discourage people to have or keep more than 1 child in their families. There's the perfect storm that's causing this terrible situation to occur.

4:14 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

A "perfect storm" indeed. Well said.

5:27 PM  
Blogger xavier said...

And it's the Chinese who are paying an unacceptable price.

As of right now, the Chinese have 24 million unmarriable men and the male female ratio is so skewered that I don't think it can be rectified. It's 110/100 in the urban areas and some rural areas are as high as 130/100 males to females.

There's an interesting parallel with end of the Classical world before Christianity triumphed. The pagans were aborting and killing off girls as fast as they were born until they realized that they had no more to perpetuate themselves and had to go to the Christian families. And the rest we know what happened.

I'm increasingly fed up with all the hype about China becoming a dominant power. Not when the demographic winter of confirmed bachelors and a fast ageing population. Chine's getting older before it's finished developing.
The 2 trillion that the regime has will be frittered away spending on health, hospitals and medicines.


That's the other perfect storm.

11:13 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

xavier, right you are. I just posted an article about that. Amazing how "experts" ignore the demographic elephant in the room.

5:59 PM  
Blogger xavier said...


I saw the post and the experts never not ignored the one child policy but simply wilfully omitted to inform people of the consequences.

I read a fascinating post of how the 1 child policy got started.China under Mao was completely devastated and there was a computer scientist who had permission to go abroad and to find out what the world was doing. This was at the time of the Rome debate on the population explosion.

This Chinese computer expert talked to these doomsayers and came back home and apparently impressed the officials there.
Except that there was 1 serious proble, the regime didn't know exactly how many people were in China and no official census was ever undertaken

So the regime implemented a drastic policy based on a pseudo-scientific hypothesis that appealed to their ideological vanity but without carrying out the most basic due diligence in ordering a census.

Even the Roman empire just before Jesus' birth ordered a one.
Communism strips people of the most basic common sense and asking Why? anad what for questions

10:44 PM  

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