Poor Mothers are Not Poor Mothers: Cross-cultural Learning between Northwest China and Australasia

Kelly Dombroski

This paper takes a look at the practice of 'ba niao" or 'Elimination Communication', where even very small babies are held out to 'eliminate' their waste rather than using nappies! The cross-cultural awkward engagement between two different hygiene understandings sparks changes in the day-to-day domestic practices of a group of Australasian mothers who rethink their use of hygiene products and other 'stuff'.

Suggested citation

Dombroski, K. 2010. "Poor mothers are not poor mothers: Cross-cultural learning between northwest China and Australasia." Unpublished conference paper presented at New Generation of Cross-cultural Researchers, Centre for Cultural Research, University of Western Sydney, September.