Sat 16 Feb, 2008 06:41 pm
Mao offered U.S. 10 million women
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Amid a discussion of trade in 1973, Chinese leader Mao Zedong made what U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger called a novel proposition: sending tens of thousands, even 10 million, Chinese women to the United States.
"You know, China is a very poor country," Mao said, according to a document released by the State Department's historian office.
"We don't have much. What we have in excess is women. So if you want them we can give a few of those to you, some tens of thousands."
A few minutes later, Mao circled back to the offer. "Do you want our Chinese women?" he asked. "We can give you 10 million."
After Kissinger noted Mao was "improving his offer," the chairman said, "We have too many women. ... They give birth to children and our children are too many."
"It is such a novel proposition," Kissinger replied in his discussion with Mao in Beijing. "We will have to study it."
I hope this doesn't sound really, really weird but....
when you consider all of the American girl babies adopted from China it really kind of happened after all.
Number of Adoptions from China:
Age/Gender of Children Adopted From China in 2005
Source: INS Immigration Statistics
35% under 1 year of age
62% 1 - 4 years of age
So.... 30,000 in five years isn't quite the millions but it's a reasonable start.