Monday, March 22, 2010


Wrong again

Didi Kisten Tatlow in the New York Times, Navigating Child Policy in China:

To avoid gender-based abortions, fetal ultrasounds are illegal in China and she had never seen her first child on an ultrasound.

No, they are not illegal. It is illegal to use them to tell the sex of the fetus. The hospital will gladly give you an ultrasound if the equipment is available and you can pony up the cash/insurance/社保卡, but the nurse administrating the procedure is prohibited by law from telling you what she sees "down south."

This is why Americans' view of China is stuck in the 30-years-ago.


At Mar 23, 2010, 12:03:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said:

1. Not quite 5 years ago, my cousin was refused a fetal ultrasound at 空军总医院 in Beijing. The reason given for the refusal? They were illegal. My cousin persisted and, in the end, after paying an additional "fee," was given a fetal ultrasound - during which the health AND sex of the fetus was determined.

2. The reason that Americans believe that China is stuck in the "30-years-ago" has far more to do with Mao's portrait overlooking Tiananmen Square, Mao's stinking corpse rotting away on the same, the slogans that adorn the southern entrance to Zhongnanhai, the military parades, the continued lack of a meaningful civil society, the paltry constitutional rights enjoyed by most Chinese, the growing hostility that many in China feel for the West, the thuggish behavior of the Chinese Communist Party, the same-old, same-old conflation of Party, state, and nation, etc., etc., than it does with a minor bit of misinformation that appeared in the NY Times.

There are good reasons to believe that China hasn't changed nearly as much as people like you want us to believe.

At Mar 24, 2010, 12:42:00 AM, Blogger Micah Sittig said:

Your point might be great (it's not), but I really don't have time to reply to anonymous comments for several reasons. Thanks for stopping by though.


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