China's skewed sex ratio — 120 males born for every 100 females — has a profound impact on the male population in China by fueling a trend of lifelong bachelorhood. But experts have predicted that this imbalance would have an even more dire consequence on women, from the "leftover" Chinese bachelorettes to those sold by their families or trafficked from poorer regions as brides for single Chinese men. Pulitzer Center grantees Deborah Jian Lee and Sushma Subramanian traveled to China to explore the ramifications of this gender disparity for their project "China’s Bachelors: When Men Outnumber Women."


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.