ID3 - 31 The One-Child Policy and Chinas Little...

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31. The One-Child Policy and China’s “Little Emperors” (from Ogden) The One-Child Policy is a form of population control enforced by the government that has been in place since the 1977 Although the One-child Policy is rigorously enforced in the major cities it is harder for the government to control when multiple births do occur in more rural areas and restrictions are more strongly held to the Han Chinese or the dominant race/ethnicity while the minority groups are allowed to have 2 or sometimes more children. To ensure that any unauthorized pregnancies do not occur, women who have already given birth are required to stand in front of x-ray machines to verify that their IUD’s are still in place and abortions can and will be performed throughout the period of a women’s unsanctioned pregnancy. Not only do these policies and “granny police” make this an effective system but the systems effectiveness could also be attributed to changed social attitudes where urban Chinese now accept the absolute necessity of the of population control in their overcrowded cities. As a result of the One-child Policy there has been a generation of spoiled children known as the “little emperors” who are only children who are the center of attention of not only their parents but also their grandparents for a total of 6 doting adults. This phenomenon of a generation of spoiled children has created issues in the over use of medical care and has lead to overweight, overfed, and obese children. Although this One-child Policy has helped to reduce the tremendous growth of the Chinese population their have been problems including having too few young people to take care of the elders as well as the abortion of female fetuses which has lead to a shortage of brides. Since 1977 the population has grown at an average annual rate if 1.1 percent which is one of the lowest population growth rates in the developing world. 32. Point of view of the documentary “the gate of heavenly peace,” as discussed by Rosen Tiananmen Square incident isolated China from the world Chinese government tried to deny that anything bad had happened Problem with the documentary is its treatment of Chai Ling What side was she really on? documentary showed that she was easily manipulated & changed her mind constantly people who were shown in a favorable light were the one's who rationalized the situation (the people who were being interviewed) the people viewed negatively are the ones who were emotionally driven documentary's "agenda" was that it was in favor of a moderate reform importance of knowing the people behind the documentary and their own personal agendas/bias 33. Polarization between the rich and poor in China today
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economic reforms have created a “new rich and powerful. ..who enjoy vast differences in wealth, power, and rights from the swelling ranks of the rural poor and urban disposed” (Ogden 147) on the other side, millions of migrant workers live in shantytowns, and urban
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