Following the policy announcement, BlueNotes surveyed 10 Chinese nationals on WeChat, one of China’s most popular social media networks, on their reactions to the change. Below is a sample of their responses.
Has this changed plans for your family? YES – 0 per cent NO – 100 per cent
Respondents said there were many important aspects to consider regardless of the policy. Some pointed out families wanting to expand before the change were able to deliver children offshore before returning to China anyway.
“If I decided to have another kid, even without the policy change I would have tried to figure out a way to have another one,” one respondent said.
Do you feel positive about the change? YES – 80 per cent NO – 20 per cent
Respondents in support of the change said it might reduce the pressure on China’s aging population, while those against warned it would place more strain on China’s already thin public education and medical resources.
What had the one-child policy changed the most about China?
Respondents noted both cultural and demographic changes from the policy, ranging from a rapidly ageing population to an inability of children with no siblings to understand sharing.