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China's slowdown and the global glut

China's slowdown and the global glut | Articles on China |
China's economic slowdown, though necessary in the long term, may herald overcapacity and hard times for many global industries in the short term.

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China and India 'water grab' dams put ecology of Himalayas in ...

China and India 'water grab' dams put ecology of Himalayas in ... | Articles on China |
More than 400 hydroelectric schemes are planned in the mountain region, which could be a disaster for the environment.
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Controversial 'filial piety' law comes into effect in China

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Law mandates that children regularly visit their parents and avoid "overlooking or neglecting" elders, although the specific punishment isn't clear.


"Imagine a world where it was illegal not to visit your ageing parents. Where your grandpa could take you to court for not paying him enough attention. That world exists, and it's called China. As of this week, the country has a new law that forbids "overlooking or neglecting the elderly."

It's not clear what exactly lies in store for you if you don't, and many Chinese internet users have criticized the legislation as unworkable and overly moralizing. But anyone commenting online, we might fairly assume, probably isn't one of the old people the law is intended to protect.


At least one senior citizen has already used it to her advantage: a 77-year-old woman from Wuxi successfully petitioned a court to order her daughter to spend time with her "at least once every two months, and on at least two of China's national holidays." What happy occasions those will be. "


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Jordan Anderson-'s comment, July 3, 2013 3:26 AM
what the hell!
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The Forgotten Story of the “First Chinese American” || Bucknell Magazine Spring 2013 || Bucknell University

The Forgotten Story of the “First Chinese American” || Bucknell Magazine Spring 2013 || Bucknell University | Articles on China |
Wong Chin Foo campaigned tirelessly for Chinese-American rights in the 19th century. But few know his name today. Even fewer know he attended Bucknell.

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John Jung's curator insight, August 8, 2013 7:46 PM

 Wong Chin Foo (1847–98), educated in America was an articulate and controversial Chinese pioneer in the history of the struggle for equal rights. He coined the term, Chinese American, published the first Chinese language newspaper in America, lectured around the country, and founded the Chinese Equal Rights League to address political issues.


The First Chinese American: The Remarkable Life of Wong Chin Foo, a new book by Scott Seligman chronicles the saga of this fearless advocate for civil rights of Chinese against exclusion and discrimination, speaking to Congress, debating anti-Chinese demagogue Kearney, and publishing his views in leading publications like Atlantic Monthly and Harper's magazine.

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In China, one-child policy compounds loss of child for parents

In China, one-child policy compounds loss of child for parents | Articles on China |
One-child policy leaves some parents childless, hopeless and facing financial ruin in old age.

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jacob benner's comment, September 14, 2013 5:11 PM
China is overpopulated and it its becoming a problem, but by forcing parents to only have one child is leading to other problems. The childless parents describe there life to be empty and full of depression and without their child they are running into financial issues. Most of the time it is to late for the parents to have another child.
Joseph Thacker 's curator insight, April 15, 2014 5:43 PM

I understand the issues China is having with their large population but the one-child policy hurts the average family. Problems occur when a family can only have one child. If anything were to happen to that child, whether he/she dies young, runs away or gets thrown in prison. That can leave the parents vulnerable later in life. When the parents become elderly they may not have a child to take care of them. China must find another way to control their population. 

Caitlyn Christiansen's curator insight, May 25, 2015 11:04 PM

China's one-child policy has had a greater effect than slowing population growth and decreasing the labor force. Another widespread problem for parents obeying this rule is the loss of their only child and the devastation it brings due to the cultural importance of family in China. Ancestors are greatly respected and descendents mark a great life. After parents retire they rely on their children for support and their needs. When they do not have a child anymore, their whole life derails and they spend the rest of their days with a broken family that can never quite heal. In many cases, the parents are then too old to have another child and their life simply falls apart. Protests have been made in the past for similar situations, but the Chinese government has not yet fulfilled its promises to provide greater assistance to these parents or to change their policy.


This article relates to population and migration through the population policy of China and its drastic effects on family life and parents. This policy would be classified as anti-natalist because of its promotion of smaller families with less children. It discourages having children.