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Jim Yardley: In China, help for girls

From the International Herald Tribune: For farming families in the lush mountains of Fujian Province, the famous crop is oolong tea and the favorite source of labor is sons. The leafy bushes of tea fill the hillsides the same way young boys fill the village streets. There is such a glut of boys here: roughly […]

Michael A. Lev: In China, it’s a boy-boy-boy-girl world

From the Chicago Tribune: Anyone paying attention would notice something odd about the elementary schools here. What the government and parents are awakening to–belatedly–is the danger inherent in what they see. There are too many boys. On the morning that first-semester grades were posted at Haikou City Ying Cai school, students hustled down staircases into […]

China moves to ban late abortions

From the Guardian: “One of the world’s least controlled abortion regimes will be tightened next month, when the Chinese city of Guiyang introduces a pilot programme aimed at halting the widespread termination of female foetuses. The new policy bans doctors from carrying out abortions on most women who are more than 14 weeks into pregnancy. […]

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