by Meghan Summerson
National Geographic’s 2004 documentary following American families and their journey to China to adopt an abandoned baby girl is sure to tug at your heartstrings. Many of us are aware of the Chinese policy limiting families to just one child. Implemented in 1979, the Family Planning Policy called for all couples to have just one child. The only exceptions were for ethnic minorities and for rural couples whose first child is a girl. Over the decades, China has seen the effects of such a measure, some of which include forced abortions, abandoned babies, and an impending demographic disaster.
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China is now a rapidly aging nation with an increasingly smaller work force to support it. In the documentary, Lisa Ling spends time examining some of these consequences. She points out that in many Chinese schools, the vast majority of children are boys. One problem foreseen in the film was the likely competition between these boys in finding wives. There are currently 118 boys for every 100 Chinese girls. Ling also spoke with women who had aborted babies and those who paid the extremely high social compensation fee in order to keep their second child.
But in November 2013, China took a major step to relax this brutal policy, allowing for couples to have two children if one of them is an only child themselves. Maybe soon there will be a Chinese generation who will again know the joy of siblings.
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by Briana Knox
Know what today is? It’s the day after Cyber Monday, five days after Thanksgiving, and the day before hump day. But it’s also… [insert Final Jeopardy theme] #GivingTuesday. Also known as #GT, Giving Tuesday is a movement to kick of the season of giving with a day focused on sacrifice, volunteerism, and giving. Today marks the second annual #GivingTuesday. And the best part about it is: anyone can get involved.
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Get in the mood with some films that focus on activism and giving back on our Filmanthropy Channel. Who knows? They might help spark the giving spirit in you.
Paul Walker was an actor before he probably understood what acting meant. He began his career in a Pampers commercial at age two, and continued pursuing acting in his teenage years before landing his first feature role at 13. Despite a lifelong commitment to acting and a love of cars that was mirrored in his Fast and Furious roles, Walker maintained a dedication to another, lesser-known passion: marine biology.
Walker majored in marine biology in college, and although he dropped out in order to continue his acting endeavors, he remained committed to the study and preservation of the ocean and its creatures. He served on the Board of Directors for The Billfish Foundation, an organization dedicated to the conservation of the group of aquatic creatures.
In 2009, Walker was able to combine his passion for film/TV with his passion for marine biology when he joined National Geographic on an expedition that would ultimately be featured in the documentary series Shark Men. Walker and a crew spent 11 days off the coast of Mexico, capturing footage of great white sharks and other animals of the ocean.
While any other celebrity might have been on the voyage solely to provide star power, Walker blends in as part of the crew, describing his passion for marine biology and furthering the conversation about sharks and other creatures.
- Will Hagle