All the complexities of the Chinese family tree

Tamara Rajakariar | 15 May 2014
Thought your family tree was complex? Wait 'til you see this video.

Chinese required to provide emotional support for elderly parents

Tamara Rajakariar | 09 July 2013
Yes, even more evidence that the one-child policy is an epic fail.

Visit your parents. That’s an order!

Carolyn Moynihan | 07 January 2013
A generation or two of China’s only children are being reminded of their obligations to elderly parents by a law change that comes into effect later this year.

Lou Xiaoying - a Chinese heroine with a big heart

Carolyn Moynihan | 01 August 2012
A poor Chinese woman who saved dozens of abandoned children over four decades is being hailed a heroine on her deathbed.

The price of progress in China?

Carolyn Moynihan | 10 August 2011
Some see it as a sign of greater freedom in China and therefore progress, but not all Chinese are happy that the divorce rate is burgeoning, reports China Daily.

Bride trafficking in one-child China

Carolyn Moynihan | 01 February 2011
The trafficking of women for forced marriage and prostitution is a growing problem for China, but a predictable one given its population policy and resulting demographics.

Abstinence education: breaking into the Chinese market

Carolyn Moynihan | 10 September 2010
There is an interesting alignment of seemingly quite different stars in China: Christian-inspired abstinence education and official population policy.

Bare branches, gold diggers, and ants

Carolyn Moynihan | 24 June 2010
China’s bachelor problem is about to get worse, thanks to women raising the material stakes, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Forced sterilisations for thousands in southern China crack-down

Carolyn Moynihan | 19 April 2010
Anyone who thought China was softening its one-child policy will have to think again after news that one local government in southern China is forcing thousands of couples to undergo sterilisation -- and, in many cases, holding their parents hostage to ensure they comply.

China’s stolen babies

Carolyn Moynihan | 25 September 2009
Girl babies adopted by American and other overseas couples from orphanages in China in recent years may have been forcibly taken from their parents, not abandoned, as the adoptive parents were told. The Los Angeles Times reports at length on a scandal that can be laid at the door of China’s inhuman population control policy and corrupt local family planning officials.

Family Edge looks at news and trends affecting the family in the light of human dignity. Our focus is the inspiring, creative, humorous, annoying, ridiculous, and dangerous ideas in the evening news. Send tips and brainwaves to the editor, Tamara Rajakariar, at tamara.rajakariar@

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