Elaine Meinel Supkis
The Japanese coddle their tots more and more as there are fewer and fewer of them. This isn't good for their inner growth. Meanwhile, rich people in America are beginning to panic and are seeking Chinese au pairs to teach their budding ruling class kiddies Chinese so they can talk to the future rulers of the earth.
By Chisaki Watanabe
EBINA, Japan - Fantasy Kids Resort has all the basic amenities of a park for young children, with a few extras: uniformed monitors, security cameras and antibacterial sand. Visitors spray their stroller wheels with antiseptic soap.
The new indoor park near Tokyo - one of at least a dozen like it in Japan - might seem an overly protective environment for children in one of the world's safest societies.
But for many Japanese parents, such parks are a logical response to a string of dramatic crimes against children that has fixated the nation.
I didn't see all that much of my parents when growing up. I used to roam about the grounds of Yerkes Observatory which was as big as Central Park or Kitt Peak which was an entire mountain or all over the desert or the USA or even the world, going over to Europe on my own when barely 17, to live, for example.
I am eternally grateful they left me to my own devices. Bad things happened. I was even raped! Hit by lightning! Injured in desert battles, hospitalized, even. I had to swim raging rivers or violent ocean turf, I killed rattlesnakes using only stones and a forked stick, I pickes up tarantulas and tracked mountain lions. I pretty much lived a very dangerous life. Oh my.
And guess what? Life is full of dangers! I was driving my son to a friend's house today. We got onto the highway and immediately were stopped by a major traffic accident, a small car was sideswiped by a huge semi. Urk. I was driving a one ton truck so I didn't care except we were moving very slowly. Then we got off the highway and I thought it was OK but then we were stopped again by a huge accident featuring dead bodies all over the place for on a juncture of two roads, an SUV plowed into a big truck and was totally destroyed, flattened! In a 30 mph zone, no less!
Not a drop of rain was falling. These accidents were 100% human error related. So, one never knows when one will die. Live life, abundantly and fully! Fearful children are not a good thing, look at how the bubble boys and girls running America are behaving! Chickens, all, hiding in their gold plated coops, servants abounding.
By GINIA BELLAFANTE
Published: September 5, 2006
In a conference room at a Holiday Inn last week in Connecticut, 167 young women from 22 countries received a tutorial in catering to the needs of the affluent American child. (Lesson 1: Turn off the television set.)
Many of the women were German. But two drew particular attention, Kunyi Li, 23, and Man Zhang, 24, among the first au pairs from China.
Their services are in great demand, in part because so many Americans have adopted baby girls from China. Driving the need more aggressively is the desire among ambitious parents to ensure their children’s worldliness, as such parents assume that China’s expanding influence will make Mandarin the sophisticates’ language decades hence.
This is very smart. My own kids are learning Japanese and Chinese und ich spreche deutsch. It is most interesting the rulers know already we must form alliances or understand those who will replace us and we hope to nuzzle up to them and have them understand the earth is a treasure chest to be divided between the haves and havenots. The havenots get run over, of course, or sent to die in wars the ruling elites opt out of, busy making money, being pampered and fussed over. After all, the Emperor of Japan didn't go into the jungles and fight! He stayed in his palace which we didn't bomb and let his people perish in increasing agony! Without blinking an eye! Who cares!
Our ruling class kiddies won't care, either, I fear. They are all little empresses and emperors.