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Author Fong, Mei, author.

Title One child : the story of China's most radical experiment / Mei Fong.

Publication Info. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.


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 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    363.9609 FON    DUE 06-03-19
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor    363.96 FON    Available
 PAS Hill Avenue Branch Non-Fiction    363.96 FON    Available
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Description xvi, 250 pages ; 24 cm.
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Summary "When Communist Party leaders adopted the one-child policy in 1980, they hoped curbing birth-rates would help lift China's poorest and increase the country's global stature. But at what cost? Now, as China closes the book on the policy after more than three decades, it faces a population grown too old and too male, with a vastly diminished supply of young workers. Mei Fong has spent years documenting the policy's repercussions on every sector of Chinese society. In One Child, she explores its true human impact, traveling across China to meet the people who live with its consequences. Their stories reveal a dystopian reality: unauthorized second children ignored by the state, only-children supporting aging parents and grandparents on their own, villages teeming with ineligible bachelors, and an ungoverned adoption market stretching across the globe. Fong tackles questions that have major implications for China's future: whether its 'Little Emperor' cohort will make for an entitled or risk-averse generation; how China will manage to support itself when one in every four people is over sixty-five years old; and above all, how much the one-child policy may end up hindering China's growth. Weaving in Fong's reflections on striving to become a mother herself, One Child offers a nuanced and candid report from the extremes of family planning." --
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents After the quake -- And the clock struck 8/8/08 -- Cassandra and the rocketmen -- The population police -- Little emperors, grown up -- Welcome to the dollhouse -- Better to struggle to live on, than die a good death -- The red thread is broken -- Babies beyond borders.
Subject China -- Population policy.
Family planning -- Government policy -- China.
Family size -- Government policy -- China.
Families -- China.
China -- Social conditions -- 2000-
China -- Social policy -- 21st century.
ISBN 9780544275393 hardcover
054427539X hardcover
9780544815582 paperback (international edition)
0544815580 paperback (international edition)
9780544815605 trade paperback
0544815602 trade paperback

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