VDARE.com readers all know about “obstetric tourism”—wealthy Third Worlders coming to the U.S.A. on tourist visas to give birth, so that their child will have U.S. citizenship under the current interpretation of the 14th Amendment.
China’s overclass is particularly prone (actually, of course, supine…) to this practice.
It’s interesting to see that many Chinese regard it as unpatriotic:
Giving birth in the US is the new original sin in China.
Pictures of famous China Central TV host Chai Jing holding a newborn baby at the airport have been making the rounds on Chinese social media in the past few days. It’s reported that Chai, who is sometimes referred to as “the Chinese liberals’ goddess”, gave birth to a daughter in October 2013 in the United States…
Her act of choosing to give birth to her child in the US… is seen by many netizens as contrary to what she’s been advocating. A traitor and a hypocrite — that’s how some Chinese netizens call her now.
One netizen commented: “I have no problem of her giving birth in the US. But she shouldn’t put on a show on TV as if she is a patriot and cares about this country or its people.” Another netizen agreed: “If she is an ordinary mom, I won’t be so disgusted. But Chai’s been trying hard to establish herself as a patriot who cares about this country. If so, be a Chinese!” Yet another netizen added: “This shows the hypocrisy of liberals in China. Their credibility is declining. People are glowingly disappointed at these so-called liberals.”
This overwhelmingly negative public perception of those who give birth in the US stems from China’s culture of corruption. Many of China’s corrupt officials are the so-called “naked officials” who move their entire families overseas (mainly to the US) and stay in China alone to cash in on their power. These naked officials are considered to have no interest in improving the livelihood of Chinese people because the ones they love are already US citizens. The only thing that they care about is how to take advantage of their power to get richer, which, more often than not, results in the suffering of the people.
These naked officials are so hated that giving birth in the US itself becomes a “crime”, especially if it is done by someone with a certain degree of influence, such as Chai Jing. For example, one netizen porton bitterly pointed out: “Those who criticize the system in China. Those who sing praises of the system in China. They all choose to have an American kid. That’s the ultimate universal value in today’s China”…
The irony, like many netizens pointed out, is that most people would choose to do the same if they were given the chance. “After all, US has better environment, better healthcare, better education and better everything,” commented many netizens. [CCTV host Chai Jing labeled a “traitor” for giving birth in the US, Offbeat China,February 19th, 2014 ]