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One Child Nation
March 30 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
March 30, 2023
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Speaker: Nanfu Wang, filmmaker and director of One Child Nation (2019) and Hooligan Sparrow (2016)
Moderator: JM Chris Chang, Asia in Action/ Public Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University
One Child Nation is a 2019 American documentary film directed by Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang about the fallout of China’s one-child policy that lasted from 1979 to 2015. The documentary is made up of various interviews with former Village Chiefs, State Officials, Ex-Human Traffickers, Artists, Midwives, Journalists, Researchers, and victims of the one-child policy. In creating the film, Wang Nanfu sought to create a 360 degree view of the effects of the policy, as told through the people who carried out the policy and people who were its victims. During the film, Nanfu Wang discovers more about the ties her own family have with the one-child policy, as they unsuccessfully attempt to locate her cousin who was abandoned by her father’s sister in 1989. By the end of the film, Nanfu Wang admits that despite the horrors of the one-child policy, there is an overwhelming acceptance of the policy that remains in China, and a shared attitude that there was no other choice.
The film is available on Amazon Prime video.
This event is sponsored by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute and is part of the Asia in Action initiative.