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Little Emperors

Sheng Yun: Memoir of an Only Child

18 May 2016
One Child: The Story of China’s Most Radical Experiment 
by Mei Fong.
Oneworld, 250 pp., £12.99, January 2016, 978 1 78074 845 0
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China’s Hidden Children: Abandonment, Adoption and the Human Costs of the One-Child Policy 
by Kay Ann Johnson.
Chicago, 218 pp., £16, March 2016, 978 0 226 35251 0
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... In 2015 the one-child policy was phased out. Mei Fong calls it ‘China’s most radical experiment’, and clearly thinks of it as on a par with the Cultural Revolution or the Great Leap Forward. KayAnnJohnson calls it ‘brutal’, even an ‘atrocity’. Most reviewers have backed these claims, but we only children are a lot luckier than our parents and their many siblings (an average of ...

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