Signpostings

Relationships in a World of Individualism

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  • Dale Kuehne

    Sex & the iWorld

    Professor of Politics and The Richard L. Bready Chair for Ethics, Economics, and the Common Good at Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH.

    In this blog I'm highlighting signposts of the world in which we presently reside as a means of helping promote a civil, and meaningful dialogue about what kind of world in which we wish to live. I am particularly interested in exploring how might we reconcile the individual good and the common good, and where reconciliation isn’t possible, which should take precedence and why.

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They are not Bowling Alone in China (at least not yet)

Posted by Dale Kuehne on February 12, 2010

Finding Family in Beijing

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/22/opinion/22iht-edcohen.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

Does China Know something America doesn’t know? or Does America know something China doesn’t know? Or…

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2 Responses to “They are not Bowling Alone in China (at least not yet)”

  1. Lauren Fithian said

    “Scarcity may explain the doting: China’s one-child policy makes children special.” Is Cohen kidding? Since the one child policy was instituted in 1979, female infanticide has been on the rise in China again. Killing female babies is hardly parental “doting.” Add to that the practice of forced abortion–women who have become pregnant with 2nd or subsequent children rounded up and literally forced to have an abortion. That’s family friendly? Or the intentional abortion of the first child because, horrors, she is female and the couple won’t get another chance for the all-important male offspring. That is NOT the “coddling” of children over which Cohen gushes with his romanticized view of a society that literally dictates what exactly constitutes a “family”: two parents, one child. Does he mean to imply that Chinese parents would not treat their children well but for the fact that they aren’t allowed to have more than one?

    The most telling line in Cohen’s mis-guided romanticism of horror in family policy: “It’s listening to young women in coastal factories talking about sending half their salaries home to some village in Guangxi….” These young women lives hours and hours by train away from their families! This sad state of living is the situation for many Chinese workers. Rarely seeing one’s family is hardly family friendly. China’s record on human rights is abysmal. Political dissidents are imprisoned. According to an Amnesty International report 500,000 people are currently in “punitive detention” without charge or trial! Cohen’s piece is insulting.

  2. Amen, Lauren. Cohen seems confident he understands a great deal after a few weeks observation. I wouldn’t pronounce like that on my hometown after living here 30 years. NN Taleb reminds us not to neglect the silent evidence in making our judgments. All those missing baby girls certainly constitutes a hefty silent evidence.

    I am sending both the article and your comment to a friend working in Shanghai. Links often don’t work because of the censorship, so I have to email the whole thing.

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