Ash Community Speaker Series—Examining China’s 'One Child Policy Era'


Friday, April 5, 2019, 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mount Auburn St., Floor 2, Suite 200N

From 1979-2015, thousands of Chinese parents abandoned their daughters under China’s “one child” policy, creating one of the largest pools of internationally adoptable children in world history.  In this session, Jenna Cook, Harvard Sociology PhD candidate, will report on her working paper, supported by a research grant from the Ash Center, which draws on ethnographic fieldwork and multi-generational interviews with rural Chinese birth families in order to shed light on how gender preference and state governance continue to influence family formation both in the 1990s and today.  Kaori Urayama, Ash Fellows Program Manager, will moderate.

Lunch will be served. 

The Ash Community Speaker Series features discussions with students, faculty, fellows, and alumni whose research or other academic work is supported by the Ash Center. The series is a forum to discuss new ideas, innovative work, and ongoing projects that are related to the Ash Center's mission to make the world a better place by advancing excellence and innovation in governance and public policy through research, education, and public discussion.