‘One Child,’ by Mei Fong

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Media Outlet: the New York Times

Readers would be forgiven for thinking that the announcement, on Oct. 29, 2015, that China was changing its one-child policy would have turned this book from an account of the daily lives of Chinese people into a work of history. Not so. The event itself came rather late for Mei Fong’s “One Child.” But she makes disconcertingly clear that the repercussions of population control will continue to reverberate throughout China. The policy itself remains a monument to official callousness, and Fong’s book pays moving testimony to the suffering and forbearance of its victims.  

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Mei Fong was a Class of 2016 & 2017 New America Fellow. She is the author of One Child: The Story of China’s Most Radical Experiment.