Fong's book gives an in depth look at the way this policy has affected China and it's citizens. Fong is a reporter who has lived in China, and who is the fifth daughter of Chinese parents, although she was not born in China and therefore her family didn't adhere to the one child policy.
As she meets various parents and children there are many things she discovers:
- in many cases only children, or Little Emperors, are unable to take risks, and are accustomed to having parents who have made life too easy for them
- China's policy to control the population may have been unnecessary. Neighboring countries have seen dramatic decreases in birthrates without enforcing a policy.
- There are ways around the one child policy. Some people pay a fine to have more children. Some areas of the country allowed families to have two children
- The population of China's elderly is growing much faster than their younger population and it will be impossible for the number of elderly to survive without help from the central government
- At one point adopting female infants from China was a way in which adoptive parents felt they were helping these unwanted children. It has been revealed later that many of these infants were sold.
Fong's research and her ability to share stories about many different families in China made this book an amazing firsthand account of the One Child Policy. It will be interesting to see how this policy affects China's future, as the ripple effect is still occurring.