Friday 24 February 2017

China's relaxation of the one-child policy is too late for many

Miriam Donohoe

Miriam Donohoe

China has unwound its one-child policy, for decades a symbol of invasive and coercive government planning, but the shift has been met with a disinterested shrug from many younger couples
China has unwound its one-child policy, for decades a symbol of invasive and coercive government planning, but the shift has been met with a disinterested shrug from many younger couples

One of the things I found hardest to get my head around when I moved with my family to China in 2001 was the country's draconian one-child policy.

Living for two years in this fascinating country was culturally challenging. But as one of a family of 10, I found it impossible to come to terms with what I saw as a heartless and ruthless law which deprived people of one of the most basic of human rights - to have as many children as you want.

It was strange and sad to observe typical family units in restaurants or walking Beijing's packed streets... a mother, father and one child.

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