Gaming Regulators: Virtual Chinese Still Need to Have Hukou and Obey One-Child Policy

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‘The regulators require the birth system in our games to meet the regulations of birth-control policies.’

Let’s say you load up The Sims (China Edition). You make your little character. What’s the first thing he should do? Register for a hukou, of course. And then get a national ID card. A bit down the road, if he gets married, he’d better not think of having a second child without paying a social-compensation fee. Aren’t video games fun?

According to an article on MarketWatch, this scenario isn’t as ridiculous as it seems. The folks at MarketWatch spoke to a Chinese game developer who ran into issues with authorities who believe that video games should reflect the laws and regulations of the PRC.

“The regulators require the birth system in our games to meet the regulations of birth-control policies [in China],” says the developer, who had to make changes after his game originally allowed for characters to have multiple children. Read the rest of this entry »


China: 382 Abducted Babies Rescued in Internet Trafficking Sting

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Over 1,000 people were arrested in connection with the bust of four Internet-based baby trafficking rings

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Chinese authorities announced Friday the rescue over 300 babies in a sting that thwarted four Internet-based baby trafficking rings.

The fake adoption websites were selling babies in a country where a one-child rule has made baby trafficking a thriving enterprise, according to the Public Security Ministry. Read the rest of this entry »


Now Wanted: Girl Babies in China

AFP Photo/Peter Parks

AFP Photo/Peter Parks

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.

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BOOM: China to Ease One-Child Policy

A newborn baby lies on a scale at a hospital in Suining, southwest China's Sichuan province. Reuters

A newborn baby lies on a scale at a hospital in Suining, southwest China’s Sichuan province. Reuters

Leaders Will Also Abolish Re-Education Through Labor

BEIJING—CARLOS TEJADA reports:  leaders agreed to loosen its one-child policy and abolish a controversial form of detention without trial, the official Xinhua news agency said Friday.

Xinhua said authorities will now allow couples to have two children if one of the parents is an only child. Currently, couples are restricted to one child except in some areas.

The shift comes as critics both inside and outside China warn that a rapidly aging population could hurt the competitiveness of the world’s No. 2 economy. Read the rest of this entry »