Paper $18.95 ISBN: 9781786997333 Published November 2019 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781786997326 Published December 2019 For sale in North and South America only

Secrets and Siblings

The Vanished Lives of China’s One Child Policy

Mari Manninen

Secrets and Siblings

Mari Manninen

Distributed for Zed Books

240 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Paper $18.95 ISBN: 9781786997333 Published November 2019 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781786997326 Published December 2019 For sale in North and South America only

Thirty-two years ago Mrs. Li and Mr. Wu from Zhejiang abandoned their second baby daughter at a marketplace. Mrs. Wang Maochen from Beijing has seven children, but six of them are illegal so they could not go to university, could not take a job, go to the doctor, or marry, or even buy a train ticket. Zhao Min from Guangzhou first learned about the concept of a sibling at university, in her town there were no sisters or brothers.

With the Chinese government now adapting to a two-child policy, Secrets and Siblings outlines the scale of its tragic consequences, showing how Chinese family and society has been forever changed. In doing so it also challenges many of our misconceptions about family life in China, arguing that it is the state, rather than popular prejudice, that has hindered the adoption of girls within China.

At once brutal and beautifully hopeful, Secrets and Siblings asks what the state and its children will do now that they are becoming adults.

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