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China's One Child Policy Annotated Bibliography

By HindiUSA Jun 01, 2012 1025 Words
Although china's one child policy may have successfully decreased its growth rate, it resulted in a large aging population, "black population" and gender imbalance.

"China's Abuse-a-Child Day; Kidnapping, Slaughter and Abandonment Is Communist Policy," The Washington Times (Washington, DC) 31 May 2011: B04, Questia, Web, 22 Apr. 2012.

The article talks about how every  year on June 1, China celebrates its beautiful children and how millions of children are abandoned every year. The article from the Washington times also stated that the policy is particularly lethal for girls as families feel the need to have sons to survive and maintain the family line. The article also stated many statistics about China's one child policy. 

The article is very useful as it provides statistics on the number of girls abandoned each year. It also talks about how boys are preferred  in the family to move on the family line. These statistics support my point that I'm trying to make on the fact that more boys are being produced than girls thus creating an imbalance. Hillary Rodham Clinton famously proclaimed that “Women’s Rights are Human Rights.” this point made by Hillary Will help me argued that children’s rights are human rights, too. But for many children in China, wrongs have stripped away life, security, education, families and comfort because they are counted as the black population. The issue of children's rights versus human rights give support to the fact that black population is increasing in China. 

"Boy-girl imbalance increasing in China." World Geography and Culture Online. Facts On File, Inc. 11 Jan. 2010. Web. 22 Apr. 2012. .

This article from facts on file talks about how boy girl imbalance increasing in China is affecting the Chinese life style. It states a study that shows that more than 24 million Chinese men reaching marriageable age in the next decade may not find a partner as boys' births have outnumbered girls'. Dr. Heskett stated that "nothing can be done now to prevent this is demand generation of excess men." the article gives devastating ratios of boys and girls born every year in the villages and rural areas every year. 

This article greatly talks about the inbalance between girls and boys and how a report said that the cultural preference for boys is grounded in a desire to carry the family line and a traditional tendency not to value girls. Statistics and ratios on female  abortions and harsh treatment on girls help support thesis statement on the increase of black population and imbalance. 

Woodtorch. "China One Child Policy – The Effect It Has On China's Younger Generation." China Decoded. 24 Mar. 2010. Web. 22 Apr. 2012. .

This article focuses more on the effect the one child policy has on today's generation. The article talks about how a child may not know what the meaning of "cousin" means and how this may go totally against the Chinese culture. The article also talks about how the aging of society will "crash" into China's rapid economic development  in the near future. A professor stated that the lack of anti frustration ability is comman weakness for most of her students nowdays. An export in the article stated that by 2030 one third of China's will be about 60. The article covered topics on the inbalance  in China, aging population and family-planning. 

Many experts predict that if effective measures are not implemented soon, problems such as decline in the birth rate, imbalance of sex ratio and aging of society will "crash" into China's rapid economic development in the near future. This statement made by experts and professors help support the fact that an increase in the aging population will cause chinas downfall in the future. If more people are old than young, production will be slowed and china will lose people all at once. This article supports the thesis statement on how the increase in the aging population is bad for china and so china's one child policy should be taken off. 

Fong, Vanessa. Only Hope: Coming of Age Under China's One-Child Policy. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2004. Print.

The book "Only Hope : Coming of age under Chinas one child policy" talks about how the policy has limited effectiveness in the countryside. It also states that political activists opposing the one child policy have focused on abuses. Greenhalgh found that these scholars were sometimes critical of the problems the one child policy has caused for women, but still muted in their criticism. 

The book questioned whether the policy was effective and needed. It also stated studies made on the policy which are good support for the thesis. Studies present powerfull portraits of scale and scope of China's state-mandated fertility transition which supports the fact that boys were preferred and so girls were usually aborted. The imbalance in gender is exactly why china should stop the policy. 

Therese Hesketh, "Susan Greenhalgh. Just One Child: Science and Policy in Deng's China," China Review International 16.1 (2009), Questia, Web, 22 Apr. 2012.

This books questions the fact whether the policy was necessary. It sates that the policy was developed by specialists with no understanding of rural life. It discussed how the low birth rate has led to accelerated population aging in many areas. Concerns about this phenomenon have led the Shanghai government actively to consider incentives to encourage couples to have two children.From the outset, Greenhalgh makes no attempt to hide her total opposition to the policy, describing it as causing "social suffering and human trauma on a vast scale," straining relations between the Communist Party and the peasantry, damaging women's reproductive health, and exacerbating violence against infant girls.

Greenhalgh talks about how the aging population has accelerated in many areas because of the low birth rates and so she gives statistics and the census to prove her point. The statistics can be used to prove that the increase in the aging population can be a problem in the future. She also talks about the straining relations between the communist party and the peasantry and strains on the fact that girls are less favored and thus creating an imbalance.

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