China’s One Child Policy and JFK’s Death

One decision cost a country its leader’s life. One decision left a country with damages that will take decades to undo.

“It’s unsafe. It’s open space.”

“It’ll be good for publicity.”

“We won’t be able to adequately protect him.”

“We’ll have motorcades. We’ll have patrolmen in the front and back.”

“Someone can still shoot in this open space.”

“The limousine has no top.”

“He and the Governor will be closer to the crowd. Political overtone.”

He was the first Chairman of the Communist Party of China, Chairman Mao. He believed that increasing human count would make a nation stronger so he advocated families to have as many children as they could. The party supported this even though their expertise was in military commandment, not sociology. These decision makers did not foresee the negative consequences that such rapid births would have on a country. As a result, China quickly became overpopulated. So in 1979, military scientists in the party introduced the one child policy, hoping to mitigate the situation. Again, social scientists were left out of this decision, resulting in a new set of problems: an entitled younger generation, a disproportionate ratio of males to females and not enough working class but an abundance of retirees.

On November 22, 1963, around 12:30pm, shots were fired, taking away the life of President John F. Kennedy and wounding then Governor John Connally of Texas. They were seated in a limousine, with no overhead protection nor bodyguards stationed on the vehicle’s bumper. President Kennedy was pronounced dead at 1:30pm; survived by Jacqueline and their two kids, just shy of ages 6 and 3.

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The film, Jackie, allowed us to see Jacqueline’s story after her husband’s assassination. Mei Fong’s book, One Child: The Story of China’s Most Radical Experiment, explained to us the aftermath of China’s “one couple, one child policy.”

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