About 7% of babies are born to a foreign mother taiwantoday.tw/ct.asp?xItem=218788&ctNode=413
Almost all Southeast Asians or mainland Chinese though
I am going to make a totally naive question that perhaps I will regret later, but as a childless person, can somebody explain to me WHY babies are expensive on a day to day basis? (that is, outside of the initial costs such as hospital fee, immunizations, etc)
I have comfortably lived off of 10,000 a month as a student (excluding housing), so if housing is about $15,000, I don’t see why 3 people can’t live on the remaining $35,000. This is assuming the breadwinner earns $50,000 which I guess might be a challenge for many in Taiwan, but certainly not impossible. I know a new police officer makes at least that much, as well as certain technical workers, finance, most entry level “foreigner” jobs (editor, English teacher). I mean, you’re not exactly jet-setting off to weekend shopping trips to Hong Kong on that kind of a budget but never want for anything. What am I missing? Diapers, formula?
Anyway, I’ve talked to Taiwanese about this before and lots of women seem to think raising children is a “burden”, something the feminist movement should have fixed. I agree women should have the freedom to make choices and definitely the huge son-based family is not something that makes any sense in a modern Taiwan, but I wish Taiwanese women wouldn’t throw the (proverbal and literal) baby out with the bathwater on this one. Nothing wrong with having a family. I guess the other issue here is lazy Taiwanese men not willing to pick up the slack and the Taiwanese solution to anything difficult is to avoid it rather than directly discuss the issue.
Personally I think the grandparents raising the kids in place of the actual parents is a huge problem. Old people just can’t move that fast to keep up with a child. All too often I see Amah just sitting there perhaps even dozing off while the kid runs around by him or herself. Sad. Not to mention, I wouldn’t necessarily trust my own grandparents to be on the up and up about various safety precautions, let alone the average Taiwanese grandparents (not that they’re bad people or anything, just victims of circumstance growing up in a very poor Taiwan)
The one thing that really makes my blood boil is when the parents take their kids out on the scooters without a helmet on. I live in Taipei so riding a scooter is basically NEVER necessary, ever. Then there’s the fact that you’ve got 3, even 4 people on that scooter which was made for 1, 2 tops. And you don’t even give your child a helmet, the one thing that might slightly protect them when you get blindsided by a taxi or blue truck? You might as well stick a huge “Please kill me” sign on your kid’s back.