China’s Only Children Face Great Expectations

From NPR’ All Things Considered:

Since 1980, China has had a . If you have a second kid, you pay a stiff fine — unless you’re a member of a national minority, or you and your spouse are both only , or there’s some other exception.

The result is that traditionally large families have turned into inverted pyramids, with multiple grandparents for every treasured little one. They lavish the child with attention — and expect great things.

The weekend before the May 12 earthquake, Robert Siegel met with one such only child as part of NPR’s effort to get a sense of everyday life in the rapidly growing city of Chengdu. Luo Meng is an effervescent, 17-year-old high school junior who goes by the English name Becky at her public boarding school. More casually, she uses a translation of one character of her Chinese name: Bamboo.

May 24, 2008 11:13 PM
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