One Child Nation: China Shock Doc You Must See
One Child Nation: China Shock Doc You Must See
November 20, 2019
If you have Amazon Prime, you must see its documentary One Child Nation, which tells how China’s One-Child Policy affected its people. It’s shocking, not only in its tales of forced abortions and images of dead babies, but also in terms of the helplessness of Chinese citizens. How Communist China used propaganda to brainwash their people. And how this documentary is a warning to those in the US who finding socialism intriguing.
One Child Nation filmmaker Nanfu Wang, a native of China now living in New York, was born during the years of the One-Child policy, which lasted from 1979 to 2015. In an interview with Indiewire, Wang said she knew of many of the aspects of the policy. She knew how Chinese authorities would force abortion and sterilization upon women. But she didn’t think about the brutality of the policy until her son was born. So she returned to her native village to document its horrors.
Wang also learned some harsh realities about her own family in the One Child Nation. For example, since her parents lived in a rural area, they were allowed to have two children, spaced at least five years apart. Thus, Nanfu Wang, unlike many of her Chinese contemporaries, does have a younger brother.
But had he not been a boy, her family had a contingency plan: they would leave the baby girl in the streets.
Not only that, but we find that Wang’s own mother helped her younger brother abandon his baby daughter in the marketplace.
“We couldn’t discard the baby in broad daylight so we carried her in a basket. . . when it was still dark out. We put $20 in her clothes and left her on the meat counter in the market. For two days and nights, she was there. No one wanted her. Her face was full of mosquito bites.”
“She eventually died.”
In what may be the most searing portion of the film, Wang interviewed Chinese artist Peng Wang. In 1996, he turned his attention to the the inhumanity of the One-Child Policy after he found dead babies in a garbage dump:
“As I was scouting the location, I found in the trash heap a discarded fetus. It was wrapped on the outside by a black plastic bag, and then inside by a yellow plastic bag that had ‘medical waste’ printed on it.”
“From then on, I wanted to better understand the current situation of the One-Child Policy.”
We then see the horror that Peng Wang encountered. The film shows several unborn babies, wrapped in plastic bags in the dump.
“I wanted to gather these fetuses and preserve them so that people could see the scale of this phenomenon, the fragility of life, and the respect every life deserves. I wanted people to think: how can we do this, and why?”
Why? As Peng Wang explained:
“It all comes from long-term indoctrination. For example, ‘Collective interests above all else. Individuals submit to the collective,’ as well as ‘The Party is infallible.’ This indoctrination destroys a person’s humanity, individuality and conscience.”
Such are the results of socialist totalitarianism. It dictates even the most personal aspects of family life.
The One-Child Policy ended in 2015. But China continues its merciless regime in other ways. Recently, the New York Times exposed leaked files which describe how China places its Uighar Muslim minority into detention camps. They’re in “training schools set up by the government,” as officials tell students seeking their missing parents.
Is it any wonder that Hong Kong students are defying Beijing? They live under the shadow of Communist evil. They know what socialism brings.
Yet in the United States — the land of the free — our media think that socialism is “cool.” So do many American Millennials and members of Generation Z. In fact, in a recent Harris poll, about half say they would prefer “living in a socialist country.” It’s because they want “free” stuff, like college tuition and health care. Which, of course, the “rich” will pay for.
They’re also obsessed with climate change. Many Millennials — chief among them Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — wonder if no more children is the way to go. “Is it still okay to have children?” she hand-wrings, worried about a Mad Max future. She’s not the only one, either. Babies are “cuddly, cute carbon-emitters,” says one member of the “Center for Biological Diversity.” Groups like “Conceivable Future” celebrate childlessness — all in the name of saving the planet.
Is it possible that the US may experience its own One-Child Policy if socialists and radical environmentalists assume the mantle of government? It does seem extreme. But just a decade ago gay marriage seemed extreme, too. Plus, there’s no limit to what social media cancel culture will do to those who push its boundaries.
So at this point, anything is possible.
One Child Nation is a gruesome and horrifying tour de force. It’s also a cautionary tale for a nation which supposedly cherishes its freedom.
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