I wonder how many Chinese values have started to make their inroads into my value system. One traditional value, especially in rural areas, is a preference for having boys over girls.
The other day, a student was telling me that when she was about 7 years old, her mother got pregnant. Her belly got very, very large. After her mother returned from the hospital, she (my student) was shocked to walk into the room and discover two newborn babies laying on the bed. I asked whether they were boys or girls, and she said they were twin boys. The three other students immediately said things like, "Wow!!" "Boys!" "So lucky!"
The weird thing is, I had the same reaction. Wow -- twins are awesome! Boys -- even better! Really, I don't actually think that. But something about hearing story after story of families trying for baby boys and finally getting them ("so lucky!") has given me a Pavlovian association that boys = good. China, get out of my head.