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International
Gender imbalance in China 26 January 2010
The social consequences of the Chinese one child policy

According to recent research from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, more than 24 million Chinese men of marrying age could find themselves without a wife by 2020. 30 years ago China introduced a one child policy and today it's having unexpected consequences on the lives of young Chinese women. Historically sons are preferred in China and sex-specific abortions and female infanticide now mean that for every 100 girl babies born, there are 119 boy babies. Child abductions and the trafficking of young women are growing problems in rural China, but in urban areas women of marriageable age are complaining that they can’t find husbands. To take a look at the complicated legacy of China’s one-child policy Jane is joined by Professor Harriet Evans, who has written extensively about Chinese women, and by Dr Jieyu Liu, who specialises in gender and development in China.

Harriet Evans is the author of ‘Women and Sexuality in China’ (ISBN-10: 0826409229, Continuum) and ‘The Subject of Gender: Daughters and Mothers in Urban China’ (ISBN-10: 0742554783, Rowman &Littlefield).

Jieyu Liu is the author of 'Gender and Work in Urban China: Women Workers of the Unlucky Generation' (ISBN:  978-0-415-39211-2, Routledge)
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