Asia


Asian fertility video

Marcus Roberts | 21 November 2013
An informative video showing the steep decline in the fertility rate in Asia.

An Asian population spike

Shannon Roberts | 21 January 2013
In Taiwan, between January and September 2012, births were up 14.5 percent versus the same period in 2011. Vietnam saw an additional 61,375 babies born in the first five months of 2012—a spike of 13.5 percent from the previous year. Similar statistics are not yet available for China, but a dip in the birthrate in 2011—a mere rabbit year—suggests that couples may have been postponing procreation, says the University of North Carolina demographer Cai Yong (whose own dragon baby was born last February).

United Nations addresses falling Asian fertility and sex imbalance

Shannon Roberts | 10 September 2012
Even the United Nations, with its dire statistics about the number of babies overpopulating the earth, is now becoming worried about falling fertility rates and gender imbalance in Asia. The head of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) called for countries to urgently tackle population concerns with “foresight and justice” at the Asian Population Association conference held late last month. The question will be just what the well recognised virtue, ‘justice’, means in practice.

Growing old in Asia

Marcus Roberts | 06 April 2011
It seems that the issue of population ageing and decline is getting more and more media coverage.
 

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