Yīn Dào at Dark Sky Magazine
…Thus begins my essay at Dark Sky Magazine. The essay was a finalist in the 2008 Faulkner Competition. A big thanks goes to editor Kevin Murphy for accepting the piece. Also, I’d like to thank Susan Terris, guest editor at The Pedestal Magazine, who, almost two years ago, accepted the related poem: Yīn Dào: An Etymology. Both the poem and essay reflect on the history of Chinese sexism, the one-child policy in China, and gender selective abortion. Though China changes daily, future generations must continue to evolve. The cultural preference of male new borns along with widespread use of gender selective abortion has created impending disaster. Most mainland Chinese, fortunately, are aware of this.
NOTE: “Family planning” is a euphemism for abortion.
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