The Children Of China

Reminiscences of growing up in China amid rural poverty and one-child population control. An aunt was sold, as a baby, for two bushels of rice. “My grandfather held his youngest daughter in one arm and his eldest with the crook of the other. When he handed over the baby, swathed in threadbare hand-me-downs, in exchange for the grain, his other daughter asked: ‘When is it my turn to be sold?’” (1,050 words)

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