One child is a timely and informative look into chinas infamous effort to control its enormous population but mei fong has also given us a wry bittersweet and often very personal look at how courtship marriage birth and death interact in the post mao chinese family. The event itself came rather late for mei fongs one child but she makes disconcertingly clear that the repercussions of population control will continue to reverberate throughout china . Mei fong tells of her personal quest to have a child as she covers the many issues around chinas one child policy she is at her best in writing about the social changes that have resulted from 35 years of this policy. One child is like the policys abolition long overdue and ms fong was the perfect person to write it the new york times the policy itself remains a monument to official callousness and fongs book pays moving testimony to the suffering and forbearance of its victims. The guardian back to home one child the story of chinas most radical experiment by mei fong review a harrowing examination of social control one child is published by oneworld
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