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Hainan's Bachelors: surpluss men struggle to find wives
Public Radio Remix, NHPR, World Vision Report


After China ennacted the one child policy in 1979, some families resorted to extreme measures - including sex selective abortion- to ensure their only child would be a son. The first generation born under the one child policy are now of marrying age, and the number of men unable to find wives is approaching 20 million. This story explores the consequences of China's skewed gender ratio in a rural region of Hainan, marked by one of the severest gender imbalances in the nation.

China's Undocumented Children
Public Radio Remix, NHPR, World Vision Report

China's growing gender gap is a reflection of parents' struggles to balance law and tradition under the one-child policy. Sex-selective abortion is an illegal but widely documented cause of the male surpluss in China's population. But it is also due to the fact that millions of female births were never reported, so that parents could try again for a boy. 


Frederick Yeh is an American-Chinese biomedical engineer who was driven into conservation work on a trip back to Hainan to visit family. He had happy memories of Hainan’s Sea Turtles from early childhood, but was shocked to discover that locals – who were hard up against the realities of a struggling fishing industry – were selling the turtles and no one was doing anything about it.


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80 Meters: forced relocation on Lugu Lake
NPR Station Showcase, KFAI, World Vision Report

China's tourist industry has exploded in recent years, and proven its potential to channel some of the prosperity of eastern urban areas to the expansive, underdeveloped western provinces. However, the pace of development has accelerated beyond local government's capacities for effective planning, leaving many locals feeling marginalized and uncertain about their futures. This piece explores the tourist industry of Lige, a small village on Lugu Lake in Yunnan province. Locals share their perspectives on recent developments and reflect on tensions between community members, local officials and the national government.  


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