Asian Boy Bias Skewing US Birth Stats
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 15, 2009 4:11 AM CDT
Chinese, Korean and Indian immigrants are more likely to use sex selection to have a son, particularly after a first or second daughter, statistics show.   (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

(Newser) – Many Asian American parents' strong bias for sons is beginning to emerge in US birth statistics, reports the New York Times.  Chinese, Korean and Indian immigrant families are more likely to abort female embryos and use in-vitro fertilization to have a treasured boy, particularly after the first or second daughter, say experts. No similar basis was detected among Japanese American families in census figures.

Though it's common for immigrants to transplant birth patterns to a new country, many observers are shocked that the boy bias has continued so strongly. “That this is going on in the US—people were blown away,” said Prof. Lena Edlund of Columbia University. Sons are crucial to families in China. “Inheritance is carried through the male line,” said one expert. “Families depend on the male child for support.” The boy bias may fade with further assimilation, say observers.

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Jun 16, 2009 7:51 AM CDT
Wha-? I'd hardly call a fetus's ability to move amniotic fluid in and out breathing. A fetus gets its oxygen from the mother's blood, not amniotic fluid which is more akin to piss than anything else.
Jun 15, 2009 12:55 PM CDT
China and India with HUGE male to female imbalances...and all those surplus males are going to demand women. I smell a huge war of population trimming down a coming.
Jun 15, 2009 4:49 AM CDT
Timinator I've been wondering the same thing.... all of these young men are going to want women eventually. Does anyone know the ratio of males to females in, say, China? There's gonna be a whole lot of upset, lonely guys walking around eventually (if there aren't any already).