Culture, Traditions and Policies: Chinese Perspectives on the Children Left Behind

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CONFERENCE: Research & Exhibition

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Due to China’s rapidly growing population, the government implemented a policy in 1980 to restrict couples from having more than one child. After the policy’s implementation, tens of thousands of children and babies were given up for adoption, the majority of which were female. I aim to research this gender divide, looking at the impact of the varying levels of the policy’s enforcement and the traditional Chinese values that place greater importance on boys than girls. Although there is a vast amount of scholarship regarding Chinese adoptees, little research has been conducted regarding the perspectives of people in China. I will fill this gap with a documentary regarding Chinese perspectives on adoption, the reasons for the abandonment of girls and what Chinese individuals wish to say to Chinese adoptees longing for a sense of understanding.