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"I think her life will be better than ours because there is more money," said mother Fan, 31.
"As for her future, I think I am more in agreement with the Western belief that a child should have a happy childhood and not be deprived of his or her childhood. ... The Chinese tradition is to raise a girl without deprivation, and we will exhaust all our resources to support her. We will not scrimp financially on her. After all, everything we work hard for belongs to her. ...
"We will raise her in a positive manner. How to put it, chaotic things have happened in Beijing, and we hope our child will have an upbeat attitude toward life."
Liang said he hopes his daughter "will grow up healthy, and I won't put too much pressure on her. Our parents wanted us to complete school and have a job that can support ourselves. It is as simple as that, and we have the same wish for our offspring. She will study music. As for school, I will let her study at her own pace, but music is a must. It will teach her how to persevere. ...
"When she grows up, she will go wherever she wants to go for college, as long as we have the ability.
"It will be all right if she can proudly say she is a Chinese citizen by the time she goes abroad."
—By Didi Tang
WATERBURY, Conn. — Many times in recent months, Tori Iacoviello says, she has been racked by fits of worry. But when her son, Antonio David Vernovai Jr., was born at 8:12 p.m. Monday at Waterbury's own St. Mary's Hospital, she felt almost as if the world around her and its many concerns had vanished.
"He's a very calm baby and he calms me. It's only been a couple of days, but he's teaching me patience and I'm not a very patient person," she said.
Iacoviello, 20, is a single mother in a city that was once a center for manufacturing brass and clocks, but is now plagued by deteriorated housing and 10.8 percent unemployment. She also lives less than a 30-minute drive from the Newtown, Conn., school where a gunman killed 20 students and six adults in December.
"I worry about even putting my kid in elementary school, never mind going to high school," she said. "It's just a worry ... seeing it on the news and then I'm pregnant through all of this and thinking: 'Is this really what my son is coming into? ...
"I just want him to be happy. I want him happy whatever his choices are ... and for him to know that I've always loved him from the moment he was born and nothing will ever change that. I want him to go far in life. ...
"I definitely want some grandkids ... and a nice wife that can cook and clean and a good job for him that he enjoys, even if it's a garbage man, if you're happy, do it. Everything that he does, I just want him to be sure of it and if he's happy, I'm happy."
Iacoviello worked alongside her stepmother cleaning other's people homes through much of her pregnancy and plans to return to that job in a few months before going to school next year. Originally, she had planned to train to become a dental hygienist, but she's reconsidering that plan.
"Honestly, I kind of changed my mind, but haven't settled yet. I kind of, after this experience, want to become a midwife," she said. "It would be amazing to deliver other people's babies and give them what Dr. Cohen has given me."
—By Adam Geller