For several months, Qingdao has been flooded with propaganda posters and billboards relating to the ongoing “sanitation” å«ç”Ÿ campaign, encompassing everything from tidying up (or clearing off) street markets and sidewalk BBQs to promoting food safety and healthy eating habits.
But here’s one new anti-gendercide poster from our neighbourhood bulletin board that I hadn’t seen before today, from the “Qingdao City Sanitation, Harmoniousness and Family Planning Committee” (text and overly-literal translation below):
ZÃ²nghÃ© zhÃ¬lÇ chÅ«shÄ“ng rÃ©nkÇ’u xÃ¬ngbiÃ© bÇ huÃ¡ fÃ¹ zhÄ« gÄ“n
Comprehensively managing the birth population sex ratio is the ROOT of China’s restoration.
chÅ«shÄ“ng rÃ©nkÇ’u xÃ¬ngbiÃ© bÇ shÃ¬ guÄnyÃº zhÅnghuÃ¡ mÃnzÃº fÃ¡nyÇŽn shÄ“ngxÄ«, shÃ¨ngshuÄi xÃ¬ng bÃ i dÃ shÃ¬
Birth population sex ratio concerns the Chinese people’s propagation; it’s a matter of prosperity or decline, flourishing or withering.
ChÅ«shÄ“ng rÃ©nkÇ’u xÃ¬ngbiÃ© bÇ, shÃ¬ zhÇ yÄ«dÃ¬ng dÃ¬yÃ¹ rÃ©nkÇ’u mÇ’u yÄ« shÃqÃ (tÅngchÃ¡ng yÄ« niÃ¡n) nÃ¨i chÅ«shÄ“ng de nÃ¡n yÄ«ng zÇ’ngshÃ¹ yÇ” nÇš yÄ«ng zÇ’ng shÇ” de bÇzhÃ, yÃ²ng 100 mÃng chÅ«shÄ“ng nÇš yÄ«ng shÃ¹ xiÄng duÃ¬yÃ¬ng de chÅ«shÄ“ng nÃ¡n yÄ«ng shÃ¹ biÇŽoshÃ¬. ZhÃ¨ngchÃ¡ng fÃ nwÃ©i shÃ¬ mÄ›i chÅ«shÄ“ng 100 mÃng nÇš yÄ«ng, nÃ¡n yÄ«ng chÅ«shÄ“ng shÃ¹ zÃ i 103-107 mÃng zhÄ« jiÄn.
Birth population sex ratio refers to the population ratio of total male babies born to total female babies born within a certain time period (usually one year), and is expressed using the figure of 100 female babies born to correspond to the number of male babies born. The normal range is within 103-107 male babies born for every 100 female babies born.
RÃºguÇ’ chÅ«shÄ“ng rÃ©nkÇ’u xÃ¬ngbiÃ© bÇ chÃxÃ¹ chÄochÅ« zhÃ¨ngchÃ¡ng bÇ liÃ¨ fÃ nwÃ©i, jiÄng dÇŽozhÃ¬ rÃ©nkÇ’u xÃ¬ngbiÃ© jiÃ©gÃ²u shÄ«hÃ©ng, duÃ¬ jiÄnglÃ¡i de hÅ«nyÄ«n hÃ© jiÄtÃng xÃngchÃ©ng chÅngjÃ, jÃ¬n’Ã©r yÇngxiÇŽng shÃ¨huÃ¬ wÄ›ndÃ¬ng yÇ” hÃ©xiÃ©.
If the birth population sex ratio continues to exceed normal parameters, this will lead to population sex composition unbalance, seriously affecting the future formation of marriage and family, and from that influence social stability and harmoniousness.
zhuÇŽnbiÃ n jiÃ¹ de shÄ“ngyÃ¹ guÄnniÃ n, rÃ ng quÃ¡n shÃ¨huÃ¬ bÃ¹ zÃ i yÇ’u xÃ¬ngbiÃ© qÃshÃ¬
Transform the old childbearing notions, make the whole society no longer have gender discrimination.
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nÃ¡nnÇš pÃngdÄ›ng jiÄtÃng xÃ¬ngfÃº shÃ¨huÃ¬ hÃ©xiÃ©
Male-female equality, family happiness, societal harmony
QÄ«ngdÇŽo shÃ¬ wÃ¨ishÄ“ng hÃ©xiÃ© jÃ¬huÃ shÄ“ngyÃ¹ wÄ›iyuÃ¡nhuÃ¬
Qingdao City Health, Harmoniousness and Family Planning Committee
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The background of the poster has an iconic Qingdao landmark (May 4th Square) and the Chinese character å¥³ in various styles.
Books like Leftover Women: the Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China by Leta Hong Fincher demonstrate that social stability is the government’s priority, and authorities willingly exacerbate gender inequality in pursuit of that goal, particularly through the promotion of the “leftover women” concept, which is designed to push “high-quality” women out of the workplace and into the nursery. From their perspective, skewed gender ratios and a large population of hopeless bachelors threaten social stability; gender inequality per se, not so much.
There’s lots more on this blog about gendercide.