Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Paper Babies

Erin posts on a weird story out of Japan. There seem to be a lot of those.

The details aren't important.
the children demonstrated behavior that was surprising from the perspective of developmental psychology. A two-year-old child would walk behind Kayo, imitating his actions. At three, children would come up beside him and snatch his dirt. Four and five year olds pretended to ignore him out of pride, but afterwards they could be seen working with determined expressions on their faces. Children could also be found sharing information about where to find the best dirt and sand for making dorodango or even sometimes keeping such information secret.

To which Erin asks:

Exactly what is "surprising" here? Are no Japanese
developmental psychologists, um, parents?

Well, with Japan's birth rate below 1.3, um, probably not. No children, and no nieces, no nephews and they probably don't meet a lot of other people's kids either.

The story is stunning in the way it drives home the reality of demographic "choices": To the Japanese, children only really exist on paper.


Hilary Jane Margaret White said...

Hey, did you see the stories a while ago about the creepy robot dolls the Japs buy instead of having kids?

J D Carriere said...

Aren't they the ones that you pull the cord and they say "Mama" which, I understand, sounds a lot like the Japanese word for "barren weirdo"?