One Child Image Problems

China is concerned about it’s image, now that the country is going to be flooded with foreigners for the 2008 Summer Olympics. They are going to take down some of their one child policy slogans such as:

“Raise fewer babies but more piggies”

“Houses toppled, cows confiscated, if abortion demand rejected”

“One more baby means one more tomb”

These slogans are painted on homes and walls throughout the country, but are supposedly counter-productive and crude. Before next year they want to change them to things like:

“Mother Earth is too tired to sustain more children”.

Talk about a culture that hates children! The interesting thing is that all this talk of over-population is untrue. China is now paying the price for this policy since 117 boys are born for every 100 girls, and population in places like China and India are also seeing their overall population decline, something that the Chinese government and the U.N. readily admit .

Notice that China is not altering their one child policy, just making the slogans softer. Hating children is still offensive to me, no matter how soft the slogans are. And once the Olympics are over, you can bet that the more offensive slogans will go back up.

I suppose the Chinese are supposed to be grateful because:

“People in the cities can have a second child if both the husband and wife come from one-child families and farm couples are allowed to have another child if their first was a girl. Many ethnic minorities are allowed to have two children, and there are no restrictions on the number of children that Tibetans can have.”

Such generous policies. (dripping with sarcasm here)


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