In 1980, China instigated one of the boldest experiments on human record: the One Child Policy. Decades later, the policy has completely changed the fabric of the country. A shortage of women has created villages full of bachelors with little hope of ever marrying; the elderly no longer have many children to support them and some can’t even afford their own burials – these are just two repercussions.
Combining personal portraits of families affected by the policy with a nuanced account of China’s descent towards economic and societal turmoil, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mei Fong reveals the true cost of this most controversial of policies in her book One Child: The Story of China’s Most Radical Experiment.
Drawing on eight years of research, she reveals the policy’s full effects. An exceptional piece of on-the-ground journalism, One Child has been called an “important” book by the Independent and”gripping, balanced and well-documented” by the Spectator, amongst other very positive reviews upon its 2016 UK release.
Fong will discuss her book with Jemimah Steinfeld, Literature Programme Manager at Asia House and author of the book Little Emperors and Material Girls: Sex and Youth in Modern China, a book which addressed the one child generation. Join Fong and Steinfeld for an illuminating talk, which will introduce the key themes, conclusions and characters of the One Child.
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