Claire Cao

Claire Cao is a freelance writer from Western Sydney. She is a fiction editor for Voiceworks and a member of Sweatshop: Western Sydney Literacy Movement. You can check out her work in The Lifted Brow, SBS Life, Rough Cut and Ibis House.

One Child Nation

Nanfu Wang &

Jialing Zhang

By Claire Cao — 5 July, 2019

The birth of Communist China heralded an explosion of life. Cocooned in the monumental shadows of the Gate of Heavenly Peace, Mao Zedong publicly avowed that a greater population meant greater power for his fledgling state. Like blood haemorrhaging from a cut, births increased—by the late ‘70s, China had a population of more than 900…