Paper $18.95 ISBN: 9781786997333 Will Publish November 2019 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781786997326 Will Publish November 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 Will Publish November 2019 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781786997326 Will Publish November 2019 For sale in North and South America only
Thirty-two years ago, Mr. Li and Mrs. 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 cannot go to school, they cannot take a job, go to the doctor, or marry, or even buy a train ticket. An Li 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 seeking to phase out its one child policy, Secrets and Siblings reveals the scale of its tragic consequences, showing how Chinese family and society has been forever changed. In doing so it also overturns many of our misconceptions about family life in China, bravely 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 one child state and its children will do now that they are becoming adults.
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