China’s deeply skewed sex ratio is expected to lead to a population of lifelong bachelors as large as the population of Texas by 2020. With fewer chances at parenthood under the one-child policy and the ancient preference for boys, the introduction of ultrasound technology has led families to selectively abort their girls. In China, 120 boys are born for every 100 girls. In some regions, the imbalance is as stark as 150 to 100. Some of these small rural hamlets have been nicknamed “bachelor villages” for their populations of single men.


By 2020, China is expected to have 24 million more men than women, leaving the countryside filled with aging bachelors, the consequence of a gender imbalance caused by sex-selective abortions.


November 6, 2012 /
Meghan Dhaliwal
Journalists Sushma Subramanian and Deborah Jian Lee honored by the Newswomen's Club of New York for Pulitzer Center-supported reporting in China.
May 4, 2012 / Foreign Policy
Deborah Jian Lee, Sushma Subramanian
The high cost of China's economic miracle: A generation of children left behind when parents work in factories hundreds of miles from home.