1st Edition

Every Fifth Child The Population of China

By Leo A. Orleans Copyright 1972

    Originally published in 1972, this book illustrates why China’s population problems are complex. It discusses at an introductory level 20th Century phenomena such as the decline in China’s death rate as a result of improved public health and medicine and the possible effects of density pressure on migration, on China’s ethnic minorities and on foreign policy. It examines these issues in areas where policy and daily life cross-over: education, farming, manufacturing output in a country that faces huge challenges of urbanization, technological education and manpower.



    Leo A. Orleans spent most of his career as a China Specialist at the Library of Congress. He was also involved in numerous China-related activities for the World Bank, National Defense University, National Research Council and the National Institute of Health.

    ‘Leo Orleans presents an imaginative resumé of the state of the statistics…the relevance to China’s future and that of her neighbors. ’Journal of African and Asian Studies, Vol 1, Issue 9.

    ‘This slim volume holds a wealth of expert scholarly material…a highly instructive reference for students and professionals in the study of Chinese society and population.’ C. K. Yang, University of Pittsburgh.