One-child policy

June 4, 2013No Comments

Wuhan may fine out-of-wedlock childbirth

Unmarried mothers and mistresses who give birth may have to pay a 80,000 yuan (USD13,000) fine, the Chinese city of Wuhan says Friday. According to Article 26 of a draft city ordinance published by the capital city of Hubei province, “Those who give birth and fail to provide valid identification from her partner,” or who [...]

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December 21, 20125 Comments

Photos: Teenage abortion in China

Statistics show that at least 13 million abortions are performed each year in China, which makes it the country with the highest number of abortions in the world. That does not include the 10 million abortion pills sold or the unknown number of abortions performed at underground or unregistered clinics. Against the backdrop of the country’s One Child Policy, abortion in China is not only legal but casually done. Besides, to unmarried women, the social stigma of raising an illegitimate child and the lack of adoption services means that having an abortion after getting pregnant is almost the only way out.

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July 26, 201212 Comments

Premature baby girl discarded in trash bin with throat cut

From NetEase At a little past 8 o’clock. on July 23, a rag-collecting scrap-peddling old man found a premature newborn in a trash bin in Anshan, Liaoning province. When the baby girl was found, she was wrapped in two plastic bags with her placenta and umbilical cord still attached and a very deep cut on [...]

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July 9, 20124 Comments

The Last Mantou in Memory of the Only Child

From Sina Weibo: Hundreds of millions of Chinese parents ended up having one child, in line with the one-child policy, and that one kid is the hope of the family. However, some ten million families have lost their only child, and twenty million parents have become childless. They are bereaved not only of their beloved [...]

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June 25, 20128 Comments

Forced abortion victim branded ‘traitor’ for talking to foreign media

A Chinese author named Cao Junshu posted onto Sina Weibo, China’s immensely popular microblogging service, several pictures in which the local authorities led villagers to unfurl banners insulting the family of a woman who was forced to undergo an abortion seven months into her pregnancy. Until press time, the post has been reposted over 48,000 [...]

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June 15, 20127 Comments

Gruesome photos of forced late-term abortion appall China, challenge One Child Policy

At 3 a.m. on June 4, three days after being illegally locked up by the local government, Feng Jianmei, a 7-month pregnant woman in a small town in Northwest China, saw the body of her unborn baby dragged out of her uterus. The 7-month-old fetus appeared to have already taken good shape. Feng’s sister, in [...]

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May 10, 20122 Comments

Over a million Chinese families lost their only adult children, end up with an empty nest

From Guangzhou Daily They are mostly in their 50s. For over 20 years, they had lived happily with their only children. Just as they started to prepare new homes and dowry for their progeny, unexpected calamities took away lives of these children. From then on, they have been living with sufferings and pangs of pain [...]

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March 31, 20124 Comments

*Graphic warning* 9-month fetus forcibly aborted by authorities for One Child Policy violation

From Tencent Weibo The news and picture came from a web posting in Baidu’s discussion forum: Family planning authorities in Moshan town, administered by Linyi city, Shandong province, forced a 9-month pregnant woman into abortion. According to the post, the baby “even gave a cry when it came out.” The family, on hearing the cry, [...]

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March 25, 20124 Comments

Post-1970s, Post-1980s, Post-1990s –  The enhanced Chinese generation gap

Note: Gil Hizi is Ministry of Tofu’s contributor. He is also the chief editor of website Thinking Chinese. China is giving great attention to the sharp differences between the 70hou (Post-1970s, Chinese born between 1970 and 1979), 80hou (Post-1980s, Chinese born between 1980 and 1989) and 90hou (Post-1990s, Chinese born between 1990 and 1999), as [...]

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February 28, 20124 Comments

Photos: Hilarious one-child-policy writings on the wall

Bad news for internet humor: China is exterminating countless slogans splashed on the walls in rural China, screaming family planning and sterilization and striving to intimidate the population into submission. The Chinese authorities say that in promoting family planning, “Only by keeping abreast of the times and catering to the people can the idea take [...]

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March 18, 20113 Comments

*Graphic warning* Insulted by teacher, Chinese teen commits suicide

Many Chinese minors are given corporal punishment by their teachers at school. Those who have extremely fragile self esteem choose to end their lives, which sounds an alarm: the nation’s youth need the couch, whereas its teachers need to have hearts.

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March 8, 20112 Comments

China discusses “Two-child policy” after population aging looms large; netizens polled

From Guangzhou Daily, NetEase and Xinhua Chinese authorities are considering relaxing the current one-child policy to allow couples to have a second child in the next five years, said Wang Yuqing, deputy director of the National committee of Population, Resources and Environment. According to the nation’s experts, encouraging a second child is a pressing need. China’s current natural [...]

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February 11, 20114 Comments

New custom of Chinese New Year: marriage-forcing

Jing: During Chinese New Year, the most often heard question for Chinese young people: “Are you dating someone now?” The most often heard New Year’s wish: “Wish you could bring a date home next Chinese New Year.” The most often heard news from relatives: “Look, *** has a date now.” Families’ marriage-forcing (bi hun, 逼婚) [...]

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November 15, 2010One Comment

U.S. baby gender prediction test sells like hot cakes in gender-conscious China

Original story here A medicine claiming to detect the gender of the fetus is sneakily being sold on the Web. This is a clear violation of China’s family planning policy and regulations (Jing Gao notes: as it facilitates selective abortion, a popular but illegal surgery in male-dominant China where boys are favored over girls.). How [...]

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