Saturday, July 28, 2012

Is China getting closer to ending one-child policy? Short film: "One Child Policy"

According to a recent story in the New York Times by Edward Wong, pressure in China is increasing to end the one-child policy. The link for the story is here
One of the catalysts for change is anger over forced late-term abortions.

Another is the obvious problem of supporting an aging population. It seems a bit of a contradiction for China to expect only children to obey Confucian ideas of family responsibility and filial piety. 

Still another is a problem is an obvious preference for male children (120 male births for every 100 female), with the likelihood that many heterosexual single men ("bare branches") will wind up without wives or even girl friends. 

There is a 2005 documentary "One Child Policy" from Journeyman Pictures, 25 min, here. The film points out that the fine for a second child can be four times annual income. But psychologically, kids are growing up as "little emperors" -- social policy promotes "fragility rather than stability".  In some rural areas, parents have recently been allowed two kids.  Chinese face a philosophical divide between loyalty to family and loyalty to country.

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