Please indulge me. I can't tell you why...because I don't know why.... but all day long I've been thinking about the babies and young children in China's remote countryside. I keep thinking
about Chinese Orphanages--- about the many forgotten and abandoned babies--mostly girls-- many who are perfect while others have"imperfections" and are separated/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. So...I'm sharing my past and present thoughts.
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. Although I stayed in China nearly ten years, finally returning to America in 2002, I know the plight of homeless
babies remains the same. Nothing ever-changes in China's countryside.
Life for China’s country people is 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.
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".
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, sadly, a 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 milk. 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 Orient.”
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 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.