Thursday, November 13, 2008

School Bag Carrying

There are a lot of Japanese kids in our apartment complex. A school bus comes to the complex to pick them up in the morning. (Not the green one, that's our shuttle bus.) Most of the kids in this photo are Japanese.

As far as I can see, all Japanese students carry their school bags themselves on their way to school. Their mothers accompany them to the school bus. But the kids carry their bags themselves. Even the very young ones.

In contrast, most Chinese kids are accompanied by their maids or mothers. It is the maids and mothers who carry the kids’ bags, not the kids themselves. Even for some students who are already in secondary school.

What does that say about the independence of our children in Hong Kong?


Anonymous said...

Did you compare the sizes of Japanese school bags and Hong Kong school bags? When my daughters were in kindergarten, they always carried their own school bags. Now that they are in primary school, their school bags are so heavy I allow the helper to carry the school bags. I didn't weight the school bags but I believe they are about 7 or 8 lbs (as compare to a bowling ball that suits me).

StephenC said...

Yeah, the school bags of those Japanese students do not look too big. The weight of school bags is another sad commentary on education in Hong Kong.