Mei Fong

New America Fellow

Mei Fong was a Class of 2016 & 2017 New America Fellow. Her book about the effects China’s one-child policy, One Child: The Past and Future of China’s Most Radical Social Experiment, was published in February 2016. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.) Previously, she taught at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School and worked for over a decade as a foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal. She won a shared Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting for her work on China, as well as awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and Society of Publishers in Asia. Fong is a graduate of the National University of Singapore and has an M.A. in international relations from Columbia University.

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Are Chinese ‘Too Rational’ for a Second Child? Interview With Mei Fong

China Real Time spoke to Mei Fong, author of the book “One Child: The Past and Future of China’s Most Radical Experiment” and a former Wall


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China’s brutal one-child policy shaped how millions lived, loved and died

Two years ago, I found myself massaging a complete stranger. He, in turn, rubbed my shoulders, amid the organisers’s cries to “give it a goo


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Under new policy, will Chinese families choose a second child?

China will now allow families to have not one but two children, due to the nation’s economic needs. But has China’s policy change come too l


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Q. and A.: Mei Fong on the Impact of China’s ‘One Child’ Policy

Mei Fong, a former reporter for The Wall Street Journal in China, explores many of the policy’s unintended consequences in her coming book “


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Slumping Stocks and a Government Crackdown: China at a Crossroads?

China's stocks tumbled once again today, after bad news from the manufacturing sector. Is the world's second largest economy in a free fall?


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In Manchuria: Documenting a Changing China

Join New America for a conversation with Michael Meyer as he discusses his revealing chronicle of contemporary China and its people.


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As Chinese Adoptees Return Home, a New Genre Tells Their Tales

“Ricki’s Promise,” a documentary about a Seattle teen’s summer spent with her birth family in China, began showing on the U.S. film festival


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Hong Kong protestors might fail but that doesn’t mean the West shouldn’t take them seriously

Clearly, Hong Kong’s protestors have an uphill slog. The possibility of Beijing making significant concessions are almost nil. But it doesn’


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Pro-Democracy Protests Continue in Hong Kong

“Pro-democracy” demonstrators continue to pack the streets of Hong Kong in the thousands, defying local police who have fired tear gas to di


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Why China's Second-Baby Boom Might Not Happen

“Every metric thus far indicates the loosening isn’t leading to a baby boom,” says Mei Fong, author of a forthcoming book on China’s populat