It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Where can I get one of these?

I think the answer is “Taiwan”. Ooops! Wrong! It’s “Japan”!

Here we have group daycare, Japanese-style, sent to me courtesy of a friend (and loyal lurker) from Singapore. (Thanks, Mike!)

It has no belts nor brakes, that I can see. But, meh. How fast do you go with one of these things, anyway? The sides are easily high enough you’d have lots of notice if one of the crew were trying to make a break for it.

And look at it! It fits a minimum of four children, has great suspension, a grab-bar for a couple more to trundle along, and a lovely roomy storage bin. The kids can move around in there, getting a 360 view of the world around them. With fewer than four children, there’d be room for toys in there, room to have a picnic, and afterward? Toss in a blanket, and they can nap in capacious comfort.

AND it comes filled with little Asian babies, which, everyone knows, are mind-bogglingly cute! What more could you ask for?

Though, on second thoughts, I’d take mine without the tots. I have plenty here…

July 15, 2008 - Posted by | random and odd

17 Comments »

  1. Wow. That is one sweet little kid ride!

    I thought so!

    Comment by kittenpie | July 15, 2008 | Reply

  2. I can see why you’d want one. Also, it has a push bar on either side, so if you happen to take it into an elevator, you don’t have to try and turn it around.

    I noticed that. Good design, because one weakness of this thing is that it would be hard to turn. Off that there isn’t a grab bar on both sides, though: I’m figuring that was a later add-on.

    Comment by ktjrdn | July 15, 2008 | Reply

  3. Ok, “comes filled with little Oriental babies” made me laugh out loud.

    πŸ˜€

    Comment by Bridgett | July 15, 2008 | Reply

  4. Um, I know a lot of Asians who really get offended by “Oriental.” Comes with Asian babies, instead?

    AM, feeling like the thought police today, apparently.

    Really? I had no idea. I used “Oriental” because I tend to see “Asian” as a subset of it, but I can certainly change it, if this is a widespread and not location-specific attitude. I am curious, though: why is it offensive?

    Comment by AM | July 15, 2008 | Reply

  5. What’s offensive about the term ‘Oriental’?? o_O?

    That trolley is way cute and looks better than having them all on those little baby leashes. πŸ™‚ (Though I’m pro baby leash – wouldn’t want a toddler getting stolen or into traffic because I’m too proud to admit that they can get away from me.)

    This is definitely better. That many baby leashes would get tangled, anyway.

    Comment by chosha | July 15, 2008 | Reply

  6. I’ve seen those for sale in this country! No, really!

    Argh, I can’t remember where… It was some sort of school/childcare materials wholesale type shop…

    They have brakes, but not belts.

    You HAVE? And if they have them in the UK, maybe I can get one here! Oh, off I go a-googling!

    Comment by arwen_tiw | July 16, 2008 | Reply

  7. probably folds up an fits in your pocket, too!

    i’ve been using asian instead of oriental for about 13 years when a friend of mine said oriental was “not pc”. and i’m from maryland! my friend who lives in the uk uses oriental to describe people from india, bangladesh and that general area. i don’t think we (americans) have a word for people from that area–neither asian nor oriental seems right. another friend suggested “beige-an” (beige+asian)–but that is the one that seems really not right!

    That’s interesting. Any Indian people I know refer to themselves as “Asian” — as distinct from “Oriental”, which is China, Japan, Korea, Cambodia, etc.

    Comment by Dana | July 16, 2008 | Reply

  8. “Oriental” picked up a lot of negative connotations in earlier decades, so people naturally wanted a less loaded word to use.

    “Oriental” to refer to a person carries connotations of, well, think of the “Oriental” neighbor in Breakfast at Tiffanies, a grotesque charicature played by a white dude. That’s why people don’t like the word.

    I’ve never seen Breakfast at Tiffany’s, so I’m seeing a shared mental image, but lord only knows there’s enough racism been/being suffered without me reminding someone of some they may have suffered. I’ve adjusted the post.

    Comment by Helen | July 16, 2008 | Reply

  9. There’s a big difference between Oriental and Asian. Historically, the term Oriental refers to a mystical place called “the Orient” which encourages the connotation of a commoditized and fetishized ‘other.’ Asian merely refers to a person from the continent of Asia.

    Common enough mistake, but I do know it rubs many people the wrong way.

    I maintain that it was once a perfectly innocuous word which has, like many others in our language, picked up a different meaning than what it began with — which is not to say that it’s appropriate now. Once “gay” meant happy; now it means “homosexual”. To some people “gay” is simply a noun, to others it’s an insult, to still others, it’s a label born with pride. Similar things have happened to many other words. Once upon a time, “thong” was an item of summer footwear. It’s all in the context.

    Comment by Jennifer | July 16, 2008 | Reply

  10. I’d go with “Asian” to describe people and leave the word “Oriental” to describe furniture.

    Or as the opposite of “Occidental”. Point taken.

    Comment by Jill in Atlanta | July 16, 2008 | Reply

  11. http://www.earlyyearsresources.co.uk/acatalog/Push_chairs_and_Multi_seaters.html

    (yup I spent yesterday searching for this…)

    Comment by arwen_tiw | July 17, 2008 | Reply

  12. Aint you all lucky that you have got your very own Indian here to give you the last word? πŸ˜€

    About the terms being offensive… I have never heard anyone take offense on being called Oriental.

    That said, a reference to Oriental always brings into mind a Korean/Japanese face. I wsa bought up to think that Asian = anyone in the Asian continent, Oriental = anyone from HongKong and eastwards, and South East Asian = India, Pakistan, Srilanka, Bangladesh etc ( there is even a NAM wannabe organization called SAARC for the south asian countries – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SAARC

    That said, I would suggest its better to use Asian than Oriental, because the people from North Eastern part of India look more like Japanese than the ones in the peninsula, and mistaking them for non Indians is not taken very kindly. On the same vein, Bangladeshis, Sri Lankans and Pakistanis would take exception if you mistakenly call them Indians ( or refer to any other nationality). And there are snooty Indians who dont like being mistaken for being from a neighboring country.

    Phew…. being PC is hardwork!

    Comment by Suzi | July 17, 2008 | Reply

  13. i can’t help with where to get one – although it looks like an adapted bike trailer to me – ours urned into a push-chair very similar looking to that!

    But it’s certainly an improvement on how they used to transport multiple children – check this out:

    http://farm1.static.flickr.com/47/117024185_397b144618.jpg?v=0

    Comment by juggling mother | July 17, 2008 | Reply

  14. Jennifer and Jill are right about the use of “Oriental” and “Asian”. It’s even better to just call them “Japanese” babies IF you’re sure they are all Japanese…

    “Asian” is acceptable to everyone in these parts since it refers to the geographical location we live in. With more awareness, we’re trying to describe people’s ethnic origin as accurately as possible.

    In a country as multicultural as Malaysia, we’re still trying to lose the old, comfy ways of identifying people. It’s great to see people from the other end of the world doing the same too!

    You know what? I’ve just read “Flour Babies” by Anne Rice and one of the characters, Sajid Mahmoud, came up with this enterprising “mobile creche” – interesting to see that someone has actually taken it off the ground!

    I’m going to link to your post here when I review that book πŸ™‚

    Comment by KittyCat | July 17, 2008 | Reply

  15. Now that’s a stroller! I had one of those umbrella jobbies (20 years ago) and goodness knows that you’re lucky to fit a child into one of those, let alone anything else. Not to mention the steering on those things…criminal. πŸ™‚

    And I agree, the cutest bunch of babies I ever did see.

    Comment by Zayna | July 19, 2008 | Reply

  16. Community Playthings has something like it. Expensive, but their stuff lasts forever. They make one for infants with individual reclining and swiveling seats-with canopies.

    Comment by jwg | July 19, 2008 | Reply

  17. I totally need one of those.

    Comment by Kat | July 22, 2008 | Reply


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