SOAS University of London

SOAS China Institute

One-Child: The story of China’s most radical experiment

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Mei Fong (Author and Journalist)

Date: 27 May 2016Time: 2:00 PM

Finishes: 27 May 2016Time: 4:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Seminar


China's over three decades-long population planning policy, known popularly as the 'one child policy,' took a major shift when Beijing announced late last year a shift to a nationwide two-child policy. In "One Child," Mei Fong writes about the origins of the policy and some of its unintended consequences through a narrative-rich story that is "evocatively rendered and peppered with quirky characters, including a sex-doll salesman and a dating guru who claims that overly assertive women contract breast cancer." (Wall Street Journal) The book has also garnered critical praise from New York Times, Guardian, Independent and the Los Angeles Review of Books.


Author and journalist Mei Fong covered Hong Kong and China for the Wall Street Journal,  where she won a shared Pulitzer for her stories on China’s transformative process ahead of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She is believed to be the first Malaysian to win a Pulitzer. Her stories on China’s migrant workers also won a 2006 Human Rights Press Award from Amnesty International and the Hong Kong Correspondents Club, as well as awards from the Society of Publishers in Asia and Society of Professional Journalist. After leaving the China bureau, she was on faculty at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communications. She is currently a fellow at DC-based thinktank New America.

Book signing

A book signing will follow the talk. Copies of the book, One Child, will be available to buy.

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