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Song 1 One-Child Policy In China Rebecca Song 4/10/2008
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Figure : Graph of male-biased sex ratio (Source: King, 2001). Figure : Propaganda Poster (Source: Iron Women and Foxy Ladies). Figure 3: Number of people (millions) by age group. (Source: BBC News). Figure 4: Rising Sex Ratio and Excess Female Infant Mortality in China (Source: Sun Bin). Babaie Geol 2001
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Song 3 Summary. For thirty years, the People’s Republic of China has implemented the One-Child Policy on its citizens. Although the policy was put into place for beneficial reasons, the results and the side effects of the policy are negative. The effect that this policy has on the female population is rather drastic. It is already bad enough as it is that the males are so dominant in the Chinese culture, but the fact that the policy stresses the value and need for sons has decreased the female population. The need for sons has also increased the population of children left in orphanages, or even worse, on the streets. The negative side effects of this policy is not only effecting the younger generations, but also the older generations. The “four-two-one” problem is “one adult child is left with having to provide support for his two parents and four grandparents” (Wikipedia 1). Other more obvious side effects are the absence of human rights, immoral actions, and a brain-washing of the country’s citizens. The main idea of the policy is self-explanatory from the name- couples allowed to have one child. The degree of enforcement of the policy differs from location to location while “the limit has been strongly enforced in urban areas,” “in most rural areas, families are allowed to have two children if the first child is female or disabled” (Wikipedia 1). Some people believe that this policy is the answer to decreasing the population growth. What these people fail to see is, “when you get beyond the mythology and seriously examine the one-child policy, it is clear the policy is not viable even if one can stomach the horrendous human rights violations it entails” (Carnell 1). No matter how dire the need for a population decrease is, the one-child policy is ridiculous and impossibly to put into action in a way that is morally correct. It may seem appropriate to compare the one-child policy to communism- while the idea is great, putting it into actual action is a horribly decision.
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Song 4 Introduction. The One-Child Policy was put into action in 1979 to try to decrease both the social and
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