China's Lost Girls

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  • 2005
  • 1 Season

The social consequences of China's one child per household law is explored as a segment from National Geographic Ultimate Explorer by host Lisa Ling in China's Lost Girls. Ling travels with a group of American families as they journey to China to adopt their new daughters. Ling uses this opportunity to reach out to the rural communities that feel the consequences of this law the hardest. In an attempt to decrease their fast growing population China has issued a one child per household law. Do to the countries social preference for male children, the male population in China has exploded causing a huge imbalance. Ling also learns that the problem will only begin to get worse as decades pass leaving as many as 40 million men without people to marry. Ling explores the prostitution, abduction of older women, and the influx of female babies in orphanages and extensive shortage of girls in the classroom. Her journey includes the confidence of one woman whose husband threatened to send her away if she had a male child and another who was kidnaped and sold as a wife to a man in a faraway providence. She also reaches out to the growing male population nicknamed Little Emperors because of how spoiled these only child boys are becoming. China's Lost Girls was first released in the United States on 20 June 2004. It was hosted by Lisa Ling and follows the adoption process of required from U.S parents Lisa and Richard Foaken, Denise and Rich Hall, and Gary King among others.

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China's Lost Girls
1. China's Lost Girls
March 1, 2005
Reporter Lisa Ling goes to China with American parents who want to adopt baby girls. Because of the strict one-child policy in China, families wind up aborting, abandoning or hiding their daughters, many end up in the United States, brought by couples wanting to have children of their own.
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The social consequences of China's one child per household law is explored as a segment from National Geographic Ultimate Explorer by host Lisa Ling in China's Lost Girls. Ling travels with a group of American families as they journey to China to adopt their new daughters. Ling uses this opportunity to reach out to the rural communities that feel the consequences of this law the hardest. In an attempt to decrease their fast growing population China has issued a one child per household law. Do to the countries social preference for male children, the male population in China has exploded causing a huge imbalance. Ling also learns that the problem will only begin to get worse as decades pass leaving as many as 40 million men without people to marry. Ling explores the prostitution, abduction of older women, and the influx of female babies in orphanages and extensive shortage of girls in the classroom. Her journey includes the confidence of one woman whose husband threatened to send her away if she had a male child and another who was kidnaped and sold as a wife to a man in a faraway providence. She also reaches out to the growing male population nicknamed Little Emperors because of how spoiled these only child boys are becoming.

China's Lost Girls was first released in the United States on 20 June 2004. It was hosted by Lisa Ling and follows the adoption process of required from U.S parents Lisa and Richard Foaken, Denise and Rich Hall, and Gary King among others.

  • Premiere Date
    March 1, 2005