In 1984, Zhang Tiejun, now 61, gave birth to a son. During the 1980s, the family planning policy was strictly enforced, so she didn't think to defy the law and have another child. In 2005, her son, then a college sophomore, died of a heart problem. This turned her life upside down.

China's family planning policy has limited young parents in many ways. When couples had their first baby, their employers would threaten to fire them if they had another. Most of them obeyed; they followed the government's orders and took on the risk of becoming childless in the future.

Three decades after the policy was implemented, millions of couples have lost their only child. Some 200 million more face that risk. How can these families be compensated for their loss? How do they manage the risk of losing their only child? People are closely following recent changes to the country's family planning policy.

Director / Sun Peng
Producer / Flora Yue




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