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Forty years ago in China, marriage was universal, compulsory, and a woman's only means to a livelihood. Enter the one-child policy, which despite its horrors, resulted in China's first generations of urban only-daughters - girls who were raised without brothers and pushed to study, achieve, and succeed as if they were sons.
Fast forward to the present, where in an urbanized economic powerhouse, enough of these women have decided to postpone marriage - or not marry at all - to spawn a label: "leftovers". Unprecedentedly well-educated and goal-oriented, they struggle to find partners in a society where gender roles have not evolved as vigorously as the society itself.
Part critique of China's paternalistic ideals, part playful portrait of the romantic travails of China's trailblazing women, Roseann Lake's Leftover in China employs colorful anecdotes, hundreds of interviews, and rigorous historical and demographic research to show how the "leftovers" are the ultimate linchpin to China's future.
©2018 Roseann Lake (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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4 out of 5 stars
By David Soto on 03-15-18

Informative and provacative

There are social changes underway in many parts of the world and women will play a key role in the out come.

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5 out of 5 stars
By deb on 03-11-18

Excellent Choice!

The women and issues the author wrote about from China are very interesting and how current employment and family life have been impacted by the one-child policy are very well explained. I appreciate that Roseann Lake even explained some of the similarities and differences with Japan, South Korea, and other locations for the women in higher education and the workforce. This book really is not just for women to read, since men could learn some things about how central planning can really impact very basic life choices. The book was an excellent choice for a Saturday listen! Do not miss this one.

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