Catchy Family Planning Slogans

Offbeat China translates many harsh family planning slogans from rural areas, which were collected by Netease.

The family planning policy, better known as the one-child policy, has been set as China’s basic state policy since 1980. For the past decades, China’s countryside has been the most heavily-affected area. To maintain low birth rate and meet statistic requirements, local family planning officials have tried their best to come up with catchy slogans. Starting from 2007, China initiated the “Eraser” project to clear up these cold-blooded slogans and promote more humane ones. Nevertheless, many of these old slogans are well kept in people’s hearts.

Most slogans are written in rhyme, and people are expected to remember them. Some include:

Today, you escape from the one-child policy. When you come back, you will lose all you have.

Vaginal ring after the first child. Sterilization after the second child. Those with excess pregnancy will get abortion and be sterilized. Those with excess children will be sterilized and fined.

And there is even a bilingual slogan in Uighur and Chinese from Xinjiang.

600 yuan reward and financial aid. To show love of the family planning policy.

See also: Abortion and Politics in China at Letters from China. Read more about the one-child policy via CDT.

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