population

Cost of Raising Children in China is World’s Second Highest

China’s population decline looks set to continue despite the possibility of a traditional Dragon-Year “baby bump” and signs of a post-pandemic uptick in marriage rates after nine successive years of decline. A recent report from...

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...

Women Balk at Chinese Government Plans to Raise Birth Rate

Last week, the Chinese government announced that the country’s population had declined for the first time in decades, setting off a cacophony of alarm bells among those concerned about China’s demographic destiny. Chinese women,...

Shrinking Birth Rates Accelerate China’s Demographic Crisis

While Xi Jinping may profess confidence that “the East is rising and the West is declining,” China’s birth rates are rapidly diminishing. Recently released official statistics suggest continued deepening of looming demographic...

New Realities Drive Population Policy

The State Council has announced that health and family planning as well as food and drug safety is undergoing reorganization in order to increase efficiency. According to The South China Morning Post, the Population and Family...

Shrinking Workforce Underlies Family Planning Issues

China’s National Bureau of Statistics announced last Friday that the working age population decreased by 3.45 million in 2012, according to The People’s Daily: It is first time the country has recorded an absolute...

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...

Most Chinese Are Now Urban Dwellers

For the first time in its history, China now has a population that is predominately urban. The Wall Street Journal reports: The historic milestone spotlights a trend that China’s government says will be a key driver of...

China Grows More Slowly to 1.34 Billion, Older and More Urban

The Chinese census has been released, and the population now stands at 1.34 billion, many of whom no longer want to stay home and work on the farm. From Reuters: The census released on Thursday showed the population in China,...

World’s Most Typical Person: Han Chinese Man

National Geographic’s new series, “Seven Billion”, attempts to analyze the world’s population of seven billion people.  According to it, the most typical person in the world is a Han-Chinese male. From...

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