June 18th, 2008

Chinese attitudes towards abortion: 1930-1950

Setting: Kaoshiung, Taiwan
Time: 1935-1953, 1968
Googled terms: "history Chinese abortion," "history attitudes Chinese abortion," "Chinese attitudes abortion"
Read: Behind the Silence: Chinese Voices on Abortion (book), various websites about the one-child policy

My character was born in 1935 in Kaoshiung, Taiwan and immigrated to the States in approximately 1954. In 1968, she becomes pregnant; for various reasons, she feels she has no choice but to obtain an illegal abortion. I've been trying to find information about the sort of cultural attitudes regarding abortion that she would have been raised with in Taiwan, but so far all of my research has turned up facts about the legality of abortion in China (illegal till 1953) and women's contemporary attitudes on the subject in light of the one-child policy, which did not come into play until after 1968. If anyone has any first-hand knowledge about the subject, or could point me in the right direction, I would be very grateful.

One more thing: I was thinking that I could cast this issue in the light of Buddhism (i.e. having my character raised in a Buddhist family), therefore simplifying the question to some degree. But I'm really more interested in attitudes that are not necessarily sprung from Buddhism.

Thank you very much in advance.

Flashy sports car in 1946

When: 1946
Where: New York City, NY

I'm writing a post-WW2 story where the main character is met at Penn Station by his wartime buddy, the son of an extreeeeemely wealthy family, for the drive out of town to the friend's family estate. I'm building this opening scene around all the trappings of wealth, and mostly it should be about the car. It should be the friend's personal car, not the family limo, no chauffeur: a flashy sports car or coupe or similar kind of thing. It doesn't have to be a 1946 model car, just one that a 25-year-old super-rich young man would be driving in and out of the city. Something that draws stares. Something very expensive. I considered a Duesenberg but I'm not sure those were still made close enough to WW2 to still belong to this guy.

Searched: "classic cars", "luxury cars 1946", "sports cars 1946"