Women, China and the two-child policy

On 1 January 2016, China moved from it’s well recognised, and much controversial, one-child policy, to a new policy allowing all married couples in the country to have two children. In this talk, which took place as part of our China Changing Festival, three leading female Chinese academics discuss the cultural and social impacts of this change.

Women, China and the Two-Child Policy by Southbank Centre

Led by Ye Liu, a lecturer in international development at King’s College, the panel - featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Mei Fong and PhD researcher at Centre for Women’s Studies of the University of York, Kailing Xie - address the question of how the new two-child policy will affect women’s lives, and examine the possible pressures, freedoms, and social implications the two child policy could bring to China.

If all the retirees in China were to form their own nation, they would be the world’s third most populous nation. That is the big conundrum China has, and I don’t think the two-child policy is really going to help solve this.
Mei Fong, writer and journalist, speaking at Women, China and the two-child policy

Ahead of this talk, co-founder and editor of WAGIC (Women and Gender in China) Séagh Kehoe offered their interpretation of the impact, considerations, complexities in a blog titled Change and continuity under China’s two-child policy.

read the blog

China Changing festival returns to Southbank Centre in October 2018.