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Birth Permit

Zhouqin Yan


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During the last century, China introduced a strict family planning policy of one couple/one child in an attempt to reduce the population from 1.3 billion to 700 million. The policy was designed to increase the wealth and modernization of the country, as the government believed that citizens,particularly peasants, became more and more poor the more children they had and it cost the Communist state more to support them. However, in practice, this resulted in the brutality of forced abortions (even late on in pregnancy) and sterilization, as well as the compulsory insertion of a ‘birth control ring' to prevent further pregnancies after the first child. If a couple did have a second child without a ‘birth permit' they were persecuted and shunned from society. Peasants were particularly penalised whilst there was widespread corruption and hypocrisy amongst senior officials where bribery could be used to buy anything, including extra ‘birth permits'. The family planning policy has filled Chinese society with hatred, as people blame the relatively surplus population for their poverty and the country's poverty.

ISBN : 978-1-80439-535-6

Published: 28/03/2024

Pages : 535

Size : 234x156

Imprint : Olympia Publishers

Zhouqin Yan

Zhouqin Yan, a doctor of law and lawyer. He lives in Hong Kong and has worked as a professor at universities. He was a great lover of children. He has been interested in literature since childhood, and this is his first novel. It is also the first novel in the world to be set during China's family planning campaign.

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