Mei Fong is a journalist who has done more than a decade of reporting in Asia for The Wall Street Journal. She was part of a group that won the 2007 Pulitzer for reporting on the adverse impact of China’s booming capitalism. She has also won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Amnesty International, and the Society of Publishers in Asia. From 2009 to 2013, she taught at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism.

Fong currently lives in greater Washington, D.C., where she is writing a book on China’s One-Child Policy.

Last Updated: November 30, 2016



Why I’m Giving Away My Book in China

Mei Fong
After a decade covering Asia for The Wall Street Journal, I devoted three years of my life to researching and writing a book about China’s one-child policy, One Child: The Story of China’s Most Radical Experiment. This month, I’m giving away the...

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The Consequences of the One-Child Policy Will Be Felt for Generations

Kaiser Kuo, Jeremy Goldkorn & more from Sinica Podcast
The first day of 2016 marked the official end of China’s one-child policy, one of the most controversial and draconian approaches to population management in human history. The rules have not been abolished but modified, allowing all married Chinese...



Hong Kong—Now What?

David Schlesinger, Mei Fong & more
David Schlesinger:Hong Kong’s tragedy is that its political consciousness began to awaken precisely at the time when its leverage with China was at its lowest ebb.Where once China needed Hong Kong as an entrepôt, legal center, financial center,...



From Half the Sky to ‘Leftovers’

Mei Fong & Leta Hong Fincher
The three-plus decades since the inception of the ‘one child’ policy have resulted in a huge female shortage in China. The country is now seriously unbalanced, with 18 million more boys than girls. By 2020, there will be some 30 million surplus men...