Year of the Starving Pig?

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In January, I wrote that according to the Chinese Zodiac, this is the Year of the Golden Pig. According to foklore, this is a special event that occurs once every 600 years and brings great fortune to babies born during the year.

As an aside, not many realized that the Chinese New Year didn’t start until February 18 this year. So your January baby doesn’t make the cut. But don’t worry, read on.

Many historians and others have discounted the year of the golden pig as mere legend. No historical record 600 years ago point to the significance of this day.

That hasn’t stopped the baby boom from soaring on in places like China and Korea. Historical fact will not stop the masses from having their golden piglet.

piglets However, my friend Walter had an interesting observation. All of these extra children that will be born as part of this boom are competing for the same scarce resources. As they grow up, they’ll all be competing in entrance exams for limited spots in the various prestigious universities. And when they graduate, they’ll be competing for a limited set of jobs.

So will the Year of the Golden Pig actually be the Year of the Starving Pig?

It will be interesting to see what happens in these countries.

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  1. Avatar for Pozycjonowanie
    Pozycjonowanie March 14th, 2007

    Thanks for very interesting article. Can I translate your article into polish and publish at my webblog? I will back here and check your answer. Keep up the good work. Greetings

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    Haacked March 14th, 2007

    Yes, you may. Just attribute me as the original author and link back to this post.

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    Steff March 15th, 2007

    Phil, I had this very same thought the minute you (or was it Dan?) educated me on the Year of the Golden Pig! It went something like, "You think it sucks now to be an Asian kid applying to college? Try being a member of the Class of 2025!" But I think that's just the latent admissions officer in me...

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    Haacked March 15th, 2007

    Heh heh. You can take the Steff out of admissions. But you can't take the admissions out of Steff.

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    Walter March 16th, 2007

    Steff, as they say, great minds...

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    Leba June 3rd, 2007

    I think that the birth rate in China won't increase because as far as I'm concerned they implemented birth control and each family can have only one child.
    So the "Year of the Golden Pig" will be the same as the others.