Xi Jinping’s Family Values

Written by Derek Hird. Xi Jinping has been variously termed an ‘alpha male’ in (and out of) a bromance with Donald Trump; a macho, Putin-like aggressor covetous of neighbouring territories; and one of several national leaders exhibiting chauvinistic ‘straight-man cancer’ (zhinan ai). Yet few column inches have been […]

Bride Price in China

Written by Quanbao Jiang. Surplus males have existed throughout China’s history due primarily to infanticide and polygyny. Even though these two phenomenons were eliminated after the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, the sex ratio at birth (SRB) – usually measured as the number of […]

China’s Leftover Men

Written by Dudley L. Poston Jr. Most societies have sex ratios at birth (SRBs), i.e., the number of male births per 100 female births, of around 105; that is,105 boys are born for every 100 girls. However, since the mid-1980s and the 1990s, China and several other countries, […]