Last semester, we had Vanessa Fong from Harvard University deliver a public lecture on what’s happened to the now grown-up children from the one-child family policy generation. Click the link to see her TV interview!
Here is a part of what she says. When asked about “what happens to ‘late-bloomers’ who do not succeed at the gao kao (college entrance exam, taken nationwide), she answers “tough luck”:
And there are very few second chances. I mean, for this generation of only children, they’re increasingly dissatisfied with that. They’re saying they want second chances because every child is supposed to be a winner. Because every child is the only hope of the entire family. So it’s not like, “Okay, well, too bad. We’ll try with the other child.” Where in the past, they say, “Okay, well, we’re not going to get–“