population control

Word of the Week: Huminerals (人矿 rén kuàng)

The new word “humineral” (人矿 rén kuàng) has taken the Chinese internet by storm and is now a sensitive word subject to censorship. First introduced in a now-censored Zhihu post on January 2, 2023, “humineral”—a portmanteau of 人...

India’s Chinese-Inspired “Two Child Norm”

While China’s family planning policies have long been controversial, India’s “rights-based” approach has won international praise. At The Globe and Mail, however, Stephanie Nolan reports that the two...

One-Child Policy Accused of Breeding Mistrust

An Australian study published last week attempts to quantify the psychological effects of the “one-child policy” on those born under it, who have often been disparaged as a generation of spoiled “Little...

Two-Child Policy?

The former head of China’s National Population and Family Planning Commission suggests that the government is considering a relaxation of its one-child policy in the face of an ageing population. From Reuters: Proposed...

Online Poll Favors Ending One-Child Policy

David Wertime at Tea Leaf Nation analyzes the recent online poll that shows overwhelming support for ending the one-child policy among China’s weibo users: The debate on China’s one-child policy has gone very public. A...

Report: China Should End One-Child Policy

The Wall Street Journal reports that a think tank connected to China’s State Council has published a report recommending that the country should phase out its one-child policy, first by allowing two children per family by...

Experts Challenge One-Child Population Claim

As the world’s human population approaches seven billion, demographers have attacked Chinese claims that its family planning policies delayed this landmark by five years. From The Associated Press: “I think many...

One-Child Policy Safe in Guangdong

Officials in Guangdong have reversed plans to ease the province’s family planning policy and allow certain couples to have two children. From China Daily: A document on family planning in Guangdong’s 12th Five-Year...

Forecasting China and India’s Futures

The Telegraph’s International Business Editor, Ambrose Evans-Pitchard, compares two different pictures of the world in 2050 and the two giants’ places in it: The economies of China and India [according to Citigroup’s...

China ‘to punish’ two-child rich – BBC

From BBC News: China is to introduce steps to punish famous and wealthy violators of its one-child policy, senior officials say. The move came in response to complaints from ordinary people that the rich were having more children because they could afford the fines, officials said. Measures could include recording violators’ names and making them […]

China in rural birth control bid – BBC

From BBC News: China is to bring in new financial incentives to encourage people in rural areas to have fewer children in another bid to control its rising population. From next year, parents in the countryside will get an annual payment when they reach the age of 60, provided they have only one child, or […]

China’s demographic policy- choices and consequences – Wang Feng

From AsiaPacific Issues (in PDF form): Wang’s 12-page essay cites and documents facts essential to understanding earlier, present and likely future debates on this topic. Emphasizing the plurality of China’s population policies, sociologist Wang corrects the common impression that China ever had a single policy, even during the same time period. China’s birth rate was […]



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