Please indulge me. I’ve decided to “re-arrange” what I’d chosen to post today and—instead—to post my thoughts about the babies and young children
in China’s remote countryside. I don’t know why but I keep thinking about Chinese Orphanages, about the babies--mostly girls-- many who are perfect while some have"imperfections" and are isolated in cellars and windowless rooms. China
is overrun with homeless babies that will never be adopted; will never know love. It's a picture I can't erase from my memories.
While living in China, I volunteered
in two government orphanages located near Beijing. Reviewing my endless notes, I feel compelled to share my thoughts—based on my very-personal experiences. Yes, these were my findings in the late nineties but... in China's countryside….
nothing changes. Life for China’s country people remains primitive. China’s poorest-of-the-poor continue to follow the same practices they have for centuries. While traveling Northern China on my Great Wall Adventure, I became
very familiar with the daily lives and struggles of China’s country people.
"A Chinese child is the ultimate gift to middle and upper class Chinese
in big cities, like Beijing, but China's Poorest respond to newborns with their heads-- not their hearts.
In the countryside, a Boy Baby is a blessing
because he can soon help with the family’s endless chores. A young son can work in the fields, care for the animals, fetch much-needed water from far-away streams, and peddle farm food and homemade wares from village to village---and provide his family
with a few precious Renminbi (Chinese currency). Most poor Chinese only make the equivalent of three American dollars every two months.
In contrast, A Girl Baby
is a sad disappointment. A daughter can only do housework, needlework, and small chores. The reason for surrendering or abandoning a girl baby-- especially in the countryside where there is no “one baby” policy is simple: poor farmers need
boys, not girls, to help with the endless hard work.
Every animal and every person must provide hours of hard work in exchange for food and shelter.
I was horrified to learn that the Chinese farmer--taught for centuries to translate everything's value into money-- is expected to club-to-death the old, tired horse who can no longer pull the plow, or slit the throat of the cow that can no longer provide
Of course, all farm animals eventually provide a meal or two for the always-hungry family.
Try as they might, some poor country families are never blessed with Boy Babies. Instead, they keep having Girl Babies, one after the other. These desperately-poor families soon realize they must dispose of their daughters
because they simply can't "pull their weight.”
China's Poor rationalize that the Girl Babies require precious food, time, clothing, and space….none
of which exist for the struggling poor. So, practicing the art of survival, parents place these small female newborns in public areas... like train stations, bus stops, or near major roads where, hopefully, the police or government agents will find
them. The cycle repeats itself again and again, as the parents continue trying for a boy.
Over the years, Chinese Leaders saw these orphaned baby girls as money-makers
and began promoting them through adoption agencies. Today, the Chinese Government actually pays families in the countryside to produce girl babies for the country's lucrative Baby Business. There are tree farms, dairy farms and---for China—the
ever-profitable Baby Farms.
Never underestimate the clever minds of Chinese. Certainly the Chinese are well-deserving of their nickname, “The Jews of the
Americans can’t imagine being so shamelessly cruel, so cold-hearted but, let me remind you, LOVE is not an emotion that traditional Chinese
understand, cultivate, or communicate. The Chinese people understand simple, basic emotions: those emotions that deal with facts, necessary functions, and simple survival.
The Chinese’s ultimate life force is money and, for the smart Chinese, every decision must ultimately translate into money. Remember this when you try to "make sense" of today's Chinese. It's a mindset Chinese have passed down
to their children... for centuries.
PS. IF I HAD BIG MONEY, I WOULD FREE ALL CHILDREN IN ORPHANAGES….BEGINNING FIRST WITH THE
CHILDREN IN CHINA. EVERY CHILD DESERVES LOVE AND A CHANCE TO LIVE.
NO, I’M NOT FLUENT IN THE CHINESE LANGUAGE BUT I KNOW HOW TO COMMUNICATION IN LOVE----WHICH
IS EASILY UNDERSTOOD IN EVERY LANGUAGE.