China's one-child policy has long been a cruel and unusual punishment of a nation, and of some families in particular.Sunday, 29 July, 2012, 12:00am
In the 21st century, low fertility and its impact on slowing population growth have become a great concern of governments in many parts of the developed world. A total fertility rate of 2.1 children per woman is regarded as the level of inter-generational replacement: a generation of women must each give birth to slightly more than two children to ensure replacement.27 Apr 2012 - 12:00am
Hong Kong's population will not be sustainable, says one Italian expert, if the city relies on immigrants without persuading families here to have more children. Should more be done to increase the fertility rate?23 Mar 2007 - 12:00am
Hong Kong has the lowest fertility rate in the world, with the number of births falling dramatically over the past eight years. Is enough being done to plan for social and job problems this may create? Share your views: write to us31 May 2004 - 12:00am
The Hong Kong government naturally likes to boast when the city comes out near the top of some international league table. However, there is one key statistic where it ranks bottom of the world. For some, that may seem a blessing. But it is a situation which should be cause for some examination of the causes, effects and desirability, or possibility, of remedies.31 May 2004 - 12:00am
A marriage of convenience between matchmakers and the health ministry may usher in a new age of romance in Japan.
The country's declining birth rate is forcing the ministry to play a more active role in affairs of the heart, rather than its usual concerns with cardiac health.
'Babies are not born unless people get married,' a ministry official said.18 Nov 2002 - 12:00am
In this era of globalisation, we need to look beyond Hong Kong. This News Review, a story from Malaysia, will give you a glimpse of what is happening outside the territory.
Falling Chinese birth rate blamed on fear of labour
(SCMP, January 10, 2001)
Ian Stewart in Kuala Lumpur15 Jan 2002 - 12:00am