Only Hope: Coming of Age Under China’s One-Child Policy


reviewed by Vilma Seeberg — 2006

coverTitle: Only Hope: Coming of Age Under China’s One-Child Policy
Author(s): Vanessa L. Fong
Publisher: Stanford University Press, Stanford, CA
ISBN: 0804749612, Pages: 242, Year: 2004
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Only Hope: Coming of Age Under China’s One-Child Policy by Vanessa L. Fong is a read I could hardly put down.  Vanessa Fong has put her finger on a subject of much popular and scholarly interest. How are the only children and their families faring under the Chinese one-child policy? The policy has often been described as a draconian, huge-scale experiment in social engineering mandated by a central government. Dire consequences in population imbalances have been predicted.  Fong takes a close-up look at 31 families and surveys 2,273 students in three schools over 27 months. The depth of her insight and breadth of knowledge elevate this work to a place of importance that far exceeds its title and stated purpose. The work speaks to China scholars, social scientists, modernization scholars, and international educators, but also to a wide swath of the general public. The author writes with ease, the stories... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 1, 2006, p. 79-83
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12012, Date Accessed: 10/19/2017 4:08:37 PM

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