U.S. Visas for Medical Treatment

More Chinese patients are checking into travel abroad for healthcare needs, helped by a rising demand for better quality medical care and sophisticated treatments, according to a recent article by Caixin. Below, I look at the driving forces behind the increase in so-called medical tourism, some differences between the U.S. and Chinese health care systems, the doctor-patient…

CNN on Jeb Bush’s “Anchor Baby” Comments (Quoting Gary Chodorow)

MJ Lee of CNN Politics has written “5 Things to Know about the Asian Anchor Baby Controversy,” quoting attorney Gary Chodorow. Jeb Bush was trying to dig himself out from a pile of criticism for using the term “anchor babies.” But his comments at a press conference Monday only brought heaps of new outrage. Defending…

Shady Chinese Agencies Promoting U.S. Birth Tourism–Part 3: Policy Responses

This three-part series looks at shady Chinese agencies promoting U.S. birth tourism. Part 1 is an English translation of an investigative report about these agencies by Yicai, a Chinese financial news website. It focuses on the motivations of the intended parents from Mainland China. Part 2 discusses Hong Kong’s struggle with the problem. A crackdown by…

Chinese Turning to American Surrogate Mothers

Chinese couples who are unable to have children are turning to a surprising place for help these days: America. By hiring American surrogates, Chinese couples get around a ban on surrogacy in China. Also, by having a child born abroad, parents skirt the one-child policy and get a U.S. passport for their child. These same…

Chinese Birth Tourism (Story by Germany’s ARD TV)

Germany’s public broadcaster, ARD, has a story on Chinese birth tourism to the U.S. Karin Dohr interviewed attorney Gary Chodorow for the story. Chodorow says that birth tourism can put couples at risk if they misrepresent the  purprose of their visit to the U.S. Consulate when applying for a visa or to U.S. Customs when entering the…