Tiffanie Wen writes: According to the updated version of China’s new one-child policy, formalized by the country’s top legislative committee in the final days of 2013, couples in which one parent is an only child are now permitted to have a second child. Rural couples whose first child is a girl are also entitled to a second, presumably so they can try for a much-coveted boy, which is particularly important in areas where men are needed to do the heavy lifting.
It’s easy to conceptualize this second part of the policy as indicative of China’s famous patriarchal system and history of infanticide and abandonment in favor of baby boys, responsible for millions of “lost girls” and an unbalanced sex ratio that will leave an estimated 30 million adult Chinese men unmarried by 2020.
Thankfully, the story is not so simple. According to experts on Chinese society and family planning, the value of women in China has actually been increasing as a consequence—surprisingly enough—of the oppressive one-child policy introduced in 1978 and enacted in 1979.
…in which the writer explores his relationship with his father, and his relationship with the economic destiny of his generation. The son cites a lot of data, quotes a lot of statistics…
…muses aloud about debt-to-GDP ratio, entitlements, and employment charts…recalls fondly his first ‘bittersweet victory’ winning an argument with his dad, in the fourth grade…confesses to readers about his failure to stop global warming because he neglected to compost his trash…indulges in fanciful descriptions of “snow-capped mountains”, “sun-drizzled lakes”, and the smell of “coppertone and wet dog”, in their “Northwest version of paradise”, is “mildly impressed” when his dad bothers to “mount a defense” when he calls him a “parasite” ….and asks readers to endure what it must feel like to be his father, and listen to this all day…
- Daddy I want you (erkessler.wordpress.com)
- An autobiographical short story by the Mother Mirra Alfassa (auromere.wordpress.com)
- Generational Warfare: (youviewedblog.wordpress.com)
- Father’s Day Gifts That Will Adorn His Home Office (personalcreations.com)
- What do you want to be, Daddy? (trifatherhood.com)