Why China’s Three-Child Policy Won’t Impact "Leftover" Men and Women | Gen 跟 China



VICE World News’ latest series, ‘Gen 跟 China’, is an insider’s view of the country as it navigates a post-pandemic world. In this third episode, we discover what “leftover” millennials think of their single status and their place in society, as well as why the government has introduced a three-child policy.

The term 剩女 (shèngnǚ) has become pervasive in Chinese society over the past decade. It translates to “leftover women” and refers to unmarried females over the age of 27. These women usually live in the big cities, but there is also a subsection of males in the countryside who are also “leftover”. These are the extra men born during the country’s previous one-child policy. Can China’s single millennials catch a break from the government?

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