By: Daniel Otero
“When you mess with mother-nature, mother-nature will mess back with you!” (Vice, HBO, 2012) This is a country that started with a social experiment in the late 1970s. The government decided to implement the ‘One-Child Policy’. A problem that could have seriously been contained with a little Sex Education in the classroom, but unrealistic expectations and male chauvinist beliefs made a situation even worse for China and most Chinese.
The system began already mired in social problems, with the invention and implementation of the ultra-sound. Selective female-fetal abortions became the norm. Therefore, a law was implemented were you could not know the sex of the baby until birth. But already a generation had been affected! With a higher ratio of males over females; now you have a country with not enough women for men to marry, and sadly so. Causing a ‘cock-block’ on themselves, with a segment of the male population frustrated. And in China if you want to marry, you have to already have a stable job–with enough income to buy a house and car. However, this is not a reality inside a population lacking in opportunities. Moreover, with most Chinese wanting to study Finance and Economics, these are causing problems inside professions. Most college graduates, a good majority will not be able to find work in these fields. The country can only use so many Accountants, Financial Managers and Economist until overwhelming the work force, then rendering these jobs overwhelmingly full and the profession becomes utterly useless! Incompetent to say the least…
Furthermore, and as we all know, we need females to carry our children and have our babies.
Another problem has arisen with the advent of Internet: a generation is becoming more myopic, shy and anti-social by the time they reach early adulthood. It is very [emotionally] painful already for males to approach a female. Further, it is inhibiting on the problem of finding a girlfriend or even a woman to marry without social skills.
Lately, even in my classes I am doing social interaction between male and female. Because even at an adult level these young people are behaving with the mentality of 13 year olds and dividing themselves in groups of male and female when I am having a class exercise.
Already the male population in China is looking into a pessimistic future. In the following 15 to 25 years [they] will have to deal with 24 to 50 million men of marrying age which cannot find a wife!
How to solve these issues?
Well, in action and principal, the government is planning to revert it! The ‘One-Child Policy’ and in an already overpopulated land will create a two billion population mark by 2050, if not before!
The other means is to better the conditions in this country for immigrants, and it is not [that] things are not already great for us foreigners, compared to Chinese. However, by improving points of view and allowing local and immigrant females for better positions and status. Therefore, the majority of Chinese need to start giving more credit to their women and render the days of the ‘Little Emperor’ obsolete. With greater pay and bringing more outsiders, especially women from other countries; these women would have to be young professionals and be in positions of employment here in China–which would have to look more attractive than in their present countries. These young females could start making a dent in the unequal disparity of “20 to 1”, males over females. And keeping in mind, it could take a little more than a generation, 20 or more years to make a difference!
The other method is to allow more males to leave China for work, immigration and study. It could little by little give the population a fighting chance to equalize in the later years.
“Young people, plus better pay, will equal greater growth!”