[LMB] The Barrayaran Girl Dearth in real life
A.Hendon at BrooklynPublicLibrary.org
Wed Nov 3 20:01:00 GMT 2010
> Restoring gender equilibrium in China
> Tyler Cowen
> The real estate bubble is helping out:
> Internet chat groups have sprang up where women exchange
> advice on how to conceive girls.
> Rising property prices are driving the
> change, which is expected to be confirmed by China’s
> once-a-decade census that started on Monday, because Chinese
> families must traditionally buy a flat for a son before he can marry.
> “My husband and I don’t earn much and I can’t imagine how we
> can buy a flat for a son,” says Zhang Aiqin of Pujiang in
> Zhejiang province.
> “And it is not only a flat,” says Zhang Yun, a Shanxi
> province native who lives in Shanghai, alluding to the cost
> of educating and marrying off a boy. “Sons bring economic
> pressure ... [but] ‘a daughter is a warm jacket for a mother’
> when she is old,” she says, quoting an ancient Chinese idiom
> to illustrate the fact that many urbanised Chinese think
> daughters are better caregivers.
That's interesting. I had a Chinese-Uruguayan friend (living in the US) who said "Now I have my social security!" when his son was born.
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