Phase 1: Posing Real Questions

Updated 6 years 10 months ago

Topic: Family Planning Policy

I have come to a decision for my inquiry project to observe and report on the effects of the one child policy in China, especially in Xizhou.  


I do not know much about the family planning policy in China, but I am looking forward to learning more as my work continues.  Usually in China, boys are looked at more superior than girls.  Since China has a large population, the policy was put into place.  Now how boys are looked at compared to girls, seems to be more of a cultural outlook.  It has been that boys are better for a number of years, and that it is a shame to have a girl, but times may be changing.  This is what I hope to find out during my work here in Xizhou.  

Background Information: 

All background information I have done is posted in the Phase 3 workspace.  Here is the link:

What I Need To Know Ahead of Time: 

-How sensitive is this topic to talk about?

-Around how many people does this one child policy affect in China? In Xizhou?

Major Questions (with possible answers in italics next to each question): 

1) When did the family planning policy go into place and why?

1979 to keep the population from growing too large

2) What exactly does it say in the written policy? 

Who this rules applies to and why.  Look at background information for a more detailed answer. 

3) Is it enforced more in rural China or in the big cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong ect. 

It is enforced more in rural China.

4) Do the government officials enforce the policy or do the people just know not to have more than one child?

I think it is a combination of both, but mostly the officials have to enforce it 

5) What is the ratio of boys to girls in schools in China? In Xizhou?

In the whole of China, there are more boys in schools, since there are more boys in the country. In Xizhou i think it is pretty equal.  I am not sure of the exact ratio yet.

6) What is the ratio of boys to girls being born in China? In Xizhou?

In general in China, I think more boys are being born, in Xizhou i think it is pretty equal.  I am not sure of the exact ratio yet.  

7) Do parents favor having boys or girls in Xizhou? The rest of China?

This village seems very welcoming and unbias, so I am guessing it does not matter to them.  In the rest of China, I think ways are starting to change, but my prediction is that they do prefer boys to some extent, since that is how it has been for quite awhile.    

8) Does this policy apply to all inhabitants of China? Of Xizhou?

No it does not.

9) How do the people of Xizhou feel about this policy?

I am guessing no one likes this policy, since it does not give them the right to have as many children as they wish

10) Did most of the parents pressure their child to have a certain gender? Do they now?

I do not think they do anymore, but I think they used to. 


I may alter the questions the farther along I research and am in Xizhou! 

Hello! My name is Katie and I am an eigth grade student at Shanghai American School. I am so excited to be a part of Microcampus and am making the best of such a great opportunity!