An atomized diaspora undermined by suspicion of spies in their midst, “double hardship” children—an official Chinese euphemism for those whose parents are both interned in camps—placed in orphanages, a son living in the U.K....
by Sophie Beach | Apr 21, 2012
Kim Lee, the American wife of celebrity English teacher Li Yang, has become the focus of media attention in China after she used her weibo account to publicize evidence that her husband had brutally beaten her. AP reports on how...
by Sophie Beach | Jan 18, 2012
As millions of Chinese prepare for the annual trek back to their hometowns to celebrate the Lunar New Year, one group in particular feels an emotional strain over where to spend the holiday. The generation of only children, many...
by Sophie Beach | Aug 24, 2010
An essay on the New York Review of Books blog looks at the social impact of China’s one-child policy: China instituted its one-child policy in the late 1970s, just as Deng Xiaoping’s economic reforms were beginning. There...
by Sophia Cao | Sep 2, 2007
Dalian News reports a short story about a lonely couple paying their grown children to visit them: A lonely retired couple of Dalian, Liaoning Province, have decided to pay their three grown children a “salary” to visit them every weekend. Lin and his wife, who are in their late 60s, live a comfortable life on […]
by Sophie Beach | Aug 23, 2007
The BBC looks at the effects of the one-child policy on the condition of the elderly in China today: Right now Jie Jie has absolutely no idea how much his family is counting on him. When he gets older, he will have to support them all. Six adults – and just one child. This is […]
by Sophie Beach | Jun 17, 2007
Washingtonpost.com has a special video feature titled “Redefining China’s Family“, which includes segments on women, migrant workers and the elderly, and includes links to relevant Post articles. A transcript of an online chat with Travis Fox, the videojournalist who produced it, is here.
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