Famous Chinese novelist writes on the enforcement of China’s family planning policy

See Mo Yan’s bold leap forward: “[The] protagonist is based on his aunt, a countryside doctor who delivered the author himself and thousands of others and faithfully carried out China’s family planning policy in local rural areas.

[It] delves into Gu Gu’s state of mind, revealing her inner struggle between answering the political call of the time and the pregnant families, abortions and deaths as a result of her actions.

‘The family planning policy is a basic condition of China dealing with the most conservative element of traditional culture. It touches the sorest points and most delicate parts of the souls of thousands of millions of Chinese people…'”

3 thoughts on “Famous Chinese novelist writes on the enforcement of China’s family planning policy”

  1. I was born in the crossing period of the Policy implementation- I am the second child in my family. My mum said this policy was not strictly implemented in my hometown. Some families have two or three children but paid penalties as punishment. But I also heard that this Family Planning Policy was extremely strictly carried out in some areas in the initial years.

    One advantage of this policy I guess is that more old Chinese people no longer think boys better than girls, because many families only have one child- girl.

  2. I can also see the uneven enforcement among my students in Tianjin. Most of them are rich/privileged, and many of them have a sibling or a second child. One student told me, “We just pay the fine, that’s all.” At the same time, I’ve heard reports of extremely strict enforcement in certain areas, even today.

  3. I have a student who tells me she has four (or was it six) siblings – several younger sisters and one or two older brothers. It’s hard to know, but I doubt they had a lot of money, as she comes from a rural-ish area of on of the poorer (i.e. not on the Eastern coast) provinces;. She did tell me her parents paid around 10,000元 for every extra child…which is almost nothing for ‘middle’ class people. I really have no idea how much that is for farmers. She said for her family it was a pretty big deal, but obviously it wasn’t too much a big deal to make it worth paying for them.

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