HML Vancouver Sailing Farm – Liming Li
China has now implemented the three-child policy after the failure of the two-child policy. Will is work? Or will they make it a requirement for Chinese families to have more than one child?
The CCP is still controlling how many children families should have. Why is this government in Chinese bedrooms? Why can’t they just drop the policy and let people have children because of the couple’s decision? This is still government control. The CCP governs every aspect of peoples’ lives in China. They control how many children they can have, where they can live (Hukou), their thinking, etc.
The solution to the declining population isn’t more children, but assistance for families to be able to afford having more children. Financial help from the government would be a better solution for families who want to have more children. Also helping to provide a better care system for families where both parents have to work, which is the norm now. People cannot live a good lifestyle unless both parents are working and I do not agree with old people watching young children. If a three-year old runs away, the old grandparent finds it difficult to run after that child. I have seen this when I lived in China.
Inequality appears to have increased even further since the scrapping of the one-child policy in 2016 failed to increase birth rates, said the HRW (Human Rights Watch) report.
So, the government started issuing propaganda encouraging women to stay home and have children.
For instance, an article published by state-run news agency Xinhua in 2016 said the two-child policy would allow more working women to “return to their families.” Many of these women are educated, and thus “better understand their role in the family,” the article said.
Other state-run publications have echoed this sentiment; in a 2017 piece in China Youth Daily, the head of a major university’s department of social work said: “Because mothers have a natural maternal instinct, they’re better suited to taking care of children at home.”
Despite the increased pressure on women to have children, they are given fewer resources to do so while juggling their professional lives, said Qian.
In a 2017 piece published in the scientific journal Sex Roles, Chinese researchers argued the shift reflected China’s economic transformation and the accompanying change in gender ideology.
China’s shift from a centralized, socialist system to a market economy placed greater emphasis on efficiency, they said. At the same time, changing ideology put women back in the home to care for their husbands and children.
A decline in state-provided welfare has revived traditional patriarchy and gendered division of labor, reflected in the workplace discrimination we see today, they wrote.
Fired for getting pregnant
Gender inequality is also evident in the workplace — companies often openly have discriminatory hiring requirements, fire employees who get pregnant, or implement policies to discourage their employees from having children, according to the HRW and state media reports.
Song Qiang, the head of HR at a Chinese company, told China Youth Daily in February that many recruiters look for male resumes — and that even when women are hired, they are typically relegated to “auxiliary jobs” that are lower-paid with a more difficult promotion track. (excerpt from an article By Jessie Yeung and Nectar Gan, CNN Business).
Ma Meiying, a sociology teacher at Zhejiang University, said that women’s return to their families is a social phenomenon worth encouraging and that the government should pay attention to it. “This is not only conducive to the growth of children, the stability of the family, but also plays a positive role in social development.” Ma Meiying said the state should help “full-time mothers” in identification, financial support and other aspects, so that more women are willing to serve at home. (excerpt from Tuesday, February 24, 2016 11:54:10 AM Source: Xinhua News Agency-Translated).
Even though the Chinese government is encouraging young people to have more children, many are deciding to stay with the one child or not have children at all. The cost of raising a child in China is quite expensive because of education costs, extra-curricular activities, clothing, toys, books, food, etc. Parents have to ensure their children have an advantage in such a competitive society and the cost of this is great. Also, when I was living in China many parents told me of the bribe-money they had to use in order for the teachers to pass their children, whether their child was passing or not. The expense of bribery can get quite high. Parents have to do so much to give their children a competitive edge. There is corruption even in education.
Some also complained about the time when it was the one-child policy and working parents had to leave their children with their parents in the countryside while they went to work in the cities. Many of those children complained about not having a relationship with their parents and have decided not to have children at all because they don’t want to be in the same position of having to leave their children while they work elsewhere.
In my opinion, the CCP needs to get out of the private lives of the people and just be a government that works for the people. This is a policy that will fail once again.
(The writer of the article is Canadian born, English name Dawn and Chinese name Li Liming. Dawn was married to a Chinese man whose family name is Li and lived in China for 8 years where she taught English.)
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