Thursday, October 22, 2015

Air-Born Baby Sparks Controversy in Taiwan

Apparently, I'm not the only one fascinated by the story of the child born on the China Airlines flight from Taipei to Los Angeles. BBC reports that in Taiwan, where the mother is from, there's rampant speculation that she was, in fact, a "birth tourist," seeking U.S. citizenship for her child. 

Meanwhile Taiwan's Transport Minister Chen Jianyi is apparently investigating whether the mother should be responsible for paying the tens of thousands of dollars China Airlines spent on diverting the flight to Alaska.


UPDATE (OCT. 25):  For more on this story, and tying it into larger concerns with so-called birth tourism from East Asia, see this story from VOX


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