Listen: Political Scientist Tyrene White Discusses China's Child Policy Post-Quake
Political Scientist Tyrene White
Discusses China's Child Policy Post-Quake
by Stacey Kutish
Chinese officials this week said families are allowed to have another child if their child was killed, injured, or disabled in the quake. This method of accommodating the "enormous population of grieving parents," Professor of Political Science Tyrene White told NPR's Morning Edition, "will be complicated by the fact that many of these parents, if they had children who were already in middle school, may already be at or approaching or past 40 years of age. So whether or not it will be possible at this point to conceive again, that's a very different question." White, an expert on rural politics and population policy in China, is the author of China's Longest Campaign: Birth Planning in the People's Republic.