This is the weirdest story I have seen in a long time:
Amid a discussion of trade in 1973, Chinese leader Mao Zedong made what U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger called a novel proposition: sending tens of thousands, even 10 million, Chinese women to the United States.
“You know, China is a very poor country,” Mao said, according to a document released by the State Department’s historian office.
“We don’t have much. What we have in excess is women. So if you want them we can give a few of those to you, some tens of thousands.”
A few minutes later, Mao circled back to the offer. “Do you want our Chinese women?” he asked. “We can give you 10 million.”
A truly bizarre offer. As a side note, I wonder what America would look like if we had an influx of ten million Asian women of child-bearing age several decades ago? Would it have changed marital structures and the culture, with that many available women? Would it have hastened the advances of the women’s rights movement? It would seem something like that would have a dramatic impact on society (much like what happened in Europe during the Great Wars when populations of young men were killed).