Lonely Gen­er­a­tion

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In 1978, the Chi­nese Con­sti­tu­tion stip­u­lated that fam­ily plan­ning be ad­vo­cated and im­ple­mented. Four years later, fam­ily plan­ning be­came a na­tional pol­icy. In 2018, the Na­tional Health and Fam­ily Plan­ning Com­mis­sion was given a new name – the Na­tional Health Com­mis­sion – af­ter China's new State Coun­cil took of­fice. Two years ago, China ended the one-child pol­icy, al­low­ing cou­ples to have two chil­dren if they wish. Over the past 40 years, 150 mil­lion fam­i­lies in China were sin­gle-child fam­i­lies, who grew up lonely, lost and amid great con­tro­versy over the pol­icy. By the end of 2010, at least one mil­lion Chi­nese fam­i­lies had lost their only child, ac­cord­ing to the Chi­nese Acad­emy of So­cial Sciences. What's more, a great num­ber of il­le­git­i­mate chil­dren live with­out an of­fi­cial iden­tity. It tests pol­icy-mak­ers' wis­dom and con­science to prop­erly treat il­le­git­i­mate chil­dren and par­ents who have lost their only child.

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