July 18, 2010

BOY, THERE'S SOME ONE WAY TRAFFIC:

For many pregnant Chinese, a U.S. passport for baby remains a powerful lure (Keith B. Richburg, 7/18/10, Washington Post)

What can $1,475 buy you in modern China? Not a Tiffany diamond or a mini-sedan, say Robert Zhou and Daisy Chao. But for that price, they guarantee you something more lasting, with unquestioned future benefits: a U.S. passport and citizenship for your new baby.

Zhou and Chao, a husband and wife from Taiwan who now live in Shanghai, run one of China's oldest and most successful consultancies helping well-heeled expectant Chinese mothers travel to the United States to give birth. [...]

At a time when China is prospering and the common perception of America here is of an empire in economic decline, the proliferation of U.S. baby services shows that for many Chinese, a U.S. passport nevertheless remains a powerful lure. The United States is widely seen as more of a meritocracy than China, where getting into a good university or landing a high-paying job often depends on personal connections.

"They believe that with U.S. citizenship, their children can have a more fair competitive environment," Zhou said.


No one but pols, pundits and paranoids believes China has a future.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 18, 2010 7:07 AM
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