When I was 10 she would read to me from the book about the Last Emperor called 'From Emperor To Citizen: The Autobiography of Henry Pu Yi: Last Emperor of China'. I also enjoy browsing through the 'Peony Pavillion'. Why is all this relevant? Because it is a mystery to me as to why a country that has a rich history and culture is able to throw babies into dustbins, down toilets and for the Government to sanction the killing of babies both before birth and after birth. This all came home to me yesterday when I watched coverage of Baby no 59 on TV.
The sight of a baby stuck tight in a toilet pipe and covered in waste grime will come to symbolise the child cruelty of China.
China is also facing a growing rate of child abductions. I watched a documentary about parents who chain their children up like dogs for fear of having the child abducted while they work. The child is left chained at home while they toil the fields. Then there was the case of the 2- year old who was left to die. People of China, you walked by and watched a little child lie there. Has anything changed since 2011?
What sort of country that is a so-called economic powerhouse builds high -tech buildings enabled with the 'Internet of Things' while at the bottom there could be a baby in a bin discarded like a thing? Why do you not grasp that there is a human element to development? No doubt people will point to Britain and the child abuse that takes place. There is a difference. It is a crime in Britain to harm a child.
I constantly read about how Chinese children study for umpteen hours a day from the age of 2 or something equally ridiculous. There are children from China who attend schools in Britain. I know a few from a far. I can only conclude that children are treated in China either as nuisances or as future money earning citizens. Is there a human dimension to childhood? Finally, I find it difficult to understand why China which has a Confucian tradition of putting the family first devalues motherhood through the ill-treatment and cruelty of children.
I have read about how common it is to see babies lying in dustbins in China or to be found head first in buckets filled with water. China - is it not time to incorporate empathy into your economic agenda?
Below is a Google Translation of the above blog post into Mandarin:
中国也面临着一个绑架儿童的生长速度。我看了一个纪录片，讲述连锁他们的孩子的父母谁像狗一样，生怕孩子被绑架，而他们的工作。孩子留在家里，而他们的辛苦链领域。然后有2 - 岁左死的情况下。中国人民，你走了，看着一个小孩子躺在那里。自2011年以来有没有什么变化吗？
我看了一下它是多么常见看到婴儿躺在垃圾箱在中国或装满水的水桶中被发现头部先。中国 - 是没有时间将移情到你的经济议程？