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China’s One-Child Policy: The End of an Era?

November 18, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Time: 7:30 PM, Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Location: Social Science 311, 419 Chapel Drive, West Campus, Duke University

Refreshments provided.

Contact: Bochen Han,


On October 29th, 2015, China announced the end of the one-child policy, the most extreme and controversial social experiment on population in human history. While the policy has undergone several relaxations since its initial announcement in the 1980s, the government has been reluctant to let it go — until now.

Why has such a policy been retained for so long despite the widely acknowledged undesirable consequences? What were the social and economic impacts on China — beyond the official government narrative — and what are the implications, for women especially, going forward? How have the Chinese people reacted to this recently announced change? And lastly, is this move, in the words of several Western experts, simply “too little, too late”? Join us in a discussion with UNC Professor Yong Cai as we review the history of China’s one-child policy, examine the social and political processes of policy change in China, and explore how history will judge this social experiment.


This student-run event is hosted by Duke East Asia Nexus and cosponsored by the Duke Asia/Pacific Studies Institute and Duke Chinese Population and Socioeconomic Studies Center.


November 18, 2015
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Duke University’s Social Science 311
419 Chapel Drive
Durham, NC United States
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The Carolina Asia Center supports diverse Asia-related events. However, CAC co-sponsorship of any talk, seminar, documentary screening, film screening, performance or celebration does not constitute endorsement of or agreement with the views presented therein. As an academic institution, we value diverse perspectives that promote dialogue and understanding.

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