Parents Of China Earthquake Victims Being Allowed More Than One Child

China is a nation full of only children who are doted upon by their parents. The nation adopted a one-child policy in 1979 in an effort to keep overpopulation at bay. The notion of eliminating the one-child policy has been discussed (for more on that, see my previous post China May Eliminate One-Child Policy).

But now, in the wake of the May 12 earthquake in which thousands of children died, the one-child policy has been lifted--partially.

"Thousands of parents have openly challenged the government over why so many schools collapsed during the earthquake," according to the New York Times.

Parents of children who were killed or seriously injured in the earthquake are now exempt from the one-child policy, and can apply for legal permission to have another child, according to the Associated Press.

"The committee announced Monday that if a couple’s legally born child was killed in the earthquake, an illegal child under 18 years could be registered as a legal replacement. If the dead child was illegal, it said the family would no longer be responsible for outstanding fines, although parents would not be reimbursed for penalties already paid," according to the New York Times.

"Zhongxin Sun, a sociology professor at Fudan University in Shanghai, said some mothers may be too old to conceive; others may have undergone sterilization. 'To lose a child is to lose everything for Chinese parents,' said Professor Sun, who is a visiting scholar at Yale University Law School. 'A child is their only hope,'" according to the New York Times.

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3 comments:

June 3, 2008 at 2:30 PM david said...

Life is easy can be replaced by getting another one from chinese government's point of view

June 4, 2008 at 11:01 AM Anonymous said...

Did Ms Stone say the earthquake was brought up by the Dalai Lama?

Her words: “They are not being nice to the Dalai Lama, who is a good friend of mine," she said. "And then all this earthquake and all this stuff happened, I thought, is that karma? When you are not nice, bad things happen to you."

Analysis: Karma is a Buddhist law. The divine Buddha determines who to be punished and others praised. A living Buddha reports people’s behaviors to the divine Buddha. Wrong info was passed and the quake occurred in the Aba Tibetan&Qiang Autonomous Zone of Sichuan. Many Tibetan died but the Chinese gov was praised for its swift actions. If this is the karma as she claimed (based on the insider info from her good friend?), bad one was imposed upon the Tibetans while good one was on the gov. His holiness realized the mistake, and was too embarrassed to participate in a quake-relief effort. Instead, he toured the globe, as if he has nothing to do with the quake (alibi?).

June 17, 2008 at 9:12 AM Trista Winnie said...

The idea that the Dalai Lama--or any practicing Buddhist, or any human, for that matter--had a hand in causing this horrific earthquake is preposterous and offensive.

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