This is the last part of a conversation I had with a cab driver who took me to the airport in Shenzhen. The conversation was rather long, so I’ve split it into 6 parts. Click here if you’ve missed part 1 (“Is learning English hard for you?”), part 2 (“Do you know Deng Xiaoping?”), part 3 (Weddings and gifts), part 4 (“Do you like China?”) or part 5 (“The most important thing is happiness”).
Cab driver: “Does Austria also have birth planning?”
I: “It doesn’t.”
He: “I’ve heard that nowadays people don’t get that many children anymore, even if they are allowed to have more children.”
I: “You’re right. People in Austria will usually have 1-2 kids, or no kids at all.”
He: “In my generation having a big family was the norm.”
I: “My family is also quite big. We’re 8 kids. Do you have brothers and sisters?”
He: “My mother gave birth to 4 kids. But my brothers and sisters are all gone (走了 zǒu le). Do you know what that means?”
I: “I do. We have a similar expression in German.”
He: “One brother died when he was a toddler. The others died as adults.”
Has anyone ever told you about their family? I’d love to read your comments.