Mei Fong introduced by Suhasini Haidar

 

For over three decades, China exercised unprecedented control over the reproductive habits of its billion citizens. Now, with its economy faltering the government has brought an end to its one-child policy. Combining personal portraits of families affected by the policy with a nuanced account of the country’s descent towards economic and societal turmoil, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mei Fong reveals the true cost of this most controversial of policies. Drawing on eight years spent documenting its repercussions, she reveals a dystopian legacy of second children refused documentation by the state. One Child humanises the policy that defined China and warns that the ill-effects of its legacy will be felt across the globe.