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An increasing number of families in the United States are seeking Chinese nannies- not much for child- rearing capabilities, but more for their language skills. Many parents believe that helping their children master the intricacies of Mandarin is giving a decent head start in their lives. 

Hilton Augusta Roger, aged 2, whose parents are Caucasian American, lives in a $1 million villa on the Hudson River and swing in the yard is her favourite. A vivid live part was described at the newspaper that: when she was swing through the air in a sunny morning, she doesn’t express her joy in English. ‘Geng gao’ she told her father Jim. “That means ‘higher’,” he explained while pushing the swing.


The girl is happy and burbles in a child’s Mandarin. Then she asks for a piece of ‘gua gua.’ Each word she said makes her parents proud of their little globalisation project: who else at Hilton’s age can say ‘watermelon’ in the language of a future economic world power?


‘China will be the next world superpower,’ Hilton’s father Jim Roger said, ‘we think we are doing something very good for her.’
Many Americans, like the Rogers’, believe China will overtake the US economically and politically by 2040, at the latest. Therefore, they are looking out for their next generation. As a result, ‘Chinese nanny’ is now chic in New York’s wealthier circles.


Clifford Greenhouse, the head of the Pavilion Agency, where maids and au pairs can be found for American’s wealthy family since 1962, cannot keep up the needs of ‘Chinese nanny’.
‘I’m desperately seeking qualified Chinese women,’ he says. ‘Bring me one and I can give her a choice of ten top families.’ The in-demand nannies from Beijing and Shanghai can easily earn $100,000 a year with high references, $60,000 more than their colleagues from Europe.
Apparently, not only learning how to speak both fluent English and Mandarin, they also need to manage the busy lifestyle. ‘My customers’ kids are busier than most adults.’ says Greenhouse.
Source: BBC News
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/4616472.stm
illustration from: wallpapersus.com

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