Arwen is an 18 year old exchange student from Shanghai, China. She is currently living with a family in Indianapolis and going to school there. She agreed to take part in an interview regarding her perspective on population control.
Since 1979, China has enforced the ‘One Child Policy’ which restricts the amount of children allowed to Chinese families. In rural regions the policy is more relaxed, while in urban areas it is more heavily imposed.
Population control is very controversial. There are numerous opinions concerning it. This is Arwen’s.
A: I come from Shanghai. I believe that one child policy is enforced almost everywhere in China, but not every family need to followed it, there are some policy for specific family.
A: My grandparents have two kids, my mom and my aunt, while my parents just have me and my aunt just have my cousin. My father just have one sister and she just have a child as well. I would like to have a brother when I was a child, because it’s a little lonely if it’s just you, but since neither my cousin nor I have siblings, we are close just like sisters.
Q: I've read in some places that the responsibility to care for older family members is given to younger generations. Would you say that is true in your own family? Do you feel a lot of pressure to make sure your elders will be well taken care of?
A: Yes, it’s true that we always take the responsibility to take care our old generations. For example, my grandparents have money can support their life, but my Mon and my aunt always buy things for them just for developing their living quality. My grandparents are neighbor of us, so I meet them every day, my aunt’s family come and see them twice a week, we are really close to each other so I don’t feel there is a problem to take care of them.
Q: What do you think about American families? How would you contrast American families with Chinese families?
A: The families I know in America, the old always far from the young people. It has some good sides, but it’s not the common way in my family. However, I do know some of my friends they don’t close to the old generations in their family, it depends on the works their parents have or the orders’ wish.
Q: As someone who has lived around population control, what do you think about it? What are the good and bad parts of it? Do you think population control could be beneficial to other countries?
A: In China, especially in my city, the population is too big, it affects the bad traffic, the problem to find a suit job etc. It might be inconvenient, but I think it is really necessary to control the population. I’ve heard that there are some country have a little population, so I think if another countries need to country the population depends on their situation.
Q: Overall, what do you think about the One Child Policy? Do you think any of the enforcement methods are too harsh?
A: I think this policy works in some parts, the population in China should be controlled, but it also cause some inconvenience. This policy has changed now, and it makes some family can have a second children which is much better now.
Q: 7. Do you ever think about how the Policy will affect you in the future if you decide to start a family?
A: For me, personally I don’t want a lot of children because it means a lot of responsibility to me, so it will not affect me a lot.