Between Fact and Fiction


Two Malaysian writers, as different as chalk and cheese, found one thing in common: success abroad.

With over a decade of reporting and a Pulitzer Prize under her belt, Mei Fong’s most important literary work yet, One Child: The Story of China’s Most Radical Experiment, delves deep into the history and after-effects of China’s longest running and most radical social experiment. “I’d frequently come across stories that touched upon its population policy in my years reporting on China for Wall Street Journal. It’s affected everything from manufacturing trends to real estate.”

Drawing comparisons to Orwell and Huxley, she explains further, “I’ve always thought China’s one-child policy was one of the most fascinating things about the country, except it’s not science fiction – it’s real life, and the policy has irrevocably shaped how one-sixth of the world live, love and die.”

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