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How China's Gender Gap Is Creating Too Many Single Men—And Hurting Women

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By 2020, China is expected to have 24 million more men than women, leaving the countryside filled...

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Du An Lan, a Vietnamese woman trafficked into China as a bride. Image by Deborah Lee and Sushma Subrumanian. China, 2011.

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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."

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