April 29, 2013

Young Chinese adults born under the nation’s one-child policy are planning their families based on personal experience as Chinese government officials debate the future of the state’s population control strategy.

Many cite issues such as loneliness growing up and pressure as an adult to take care of elders as reasons to have more than one child.

Others recall families with multiple children separated by economic pressures.

“My plan is to have a boy, and then a daughter and, after six years, I wish to have one more, maybe a girl,” said Teresa Li, who comes from Wenzhou City, China.

“Even our classmates and friends, when we get together and talk about how many children we want to have, most of them want two or three,” the 21-year-old environmental engineering graduate told Catholic News Service.

Her friends speak of “how it’s very lonely” as an only child, and how some solo children have turned out to be spoiled “little princes” and “princesses” after being showered with all the parents’ attention.

Her parents, who already had a son, paid a government fine after she was born.