People in eastern countries such as China tend to be much more lax when it comes to how strangers react to children. It isn’t uncommon for Chinese women to come up to infants in a restaurant and bring them back for the waitstaff to dote on them. Many westerners feel as though this is highly dangerous since child trafficking is an issue, even in the east. However, easterners claim that the warmth and friendliness from people in these countries should not be construed in a negative manner by those who are too uptight about it.
- One Western mom was astonished to find that the taboo about touching another person’s child was all but nowhere to be found among her Chinese encounters.
- It was, so she discovered, far from unusual for a new Chinese acquaintance to help herself to her child and then show the child around.
- All of which begs the question, per a Westerner’s perspective; “how does one teach Chinese children to be wary of strangers?”
“Recent stories of Chinese children being stolen and then re-sold into adoptions have reached my ears and put me on higher alert here.”