Recently, China Health news described Anhui province’s birth rate as ‘falling off the cliff.’
Per Radio Free Asia media reported, China’s 29 regions and cities’ birth population data shows birth rates at a record low.
The birth rate in Anhui, Jiangxi, and Henan provinces have also fallen to the lowest level in decades.
From 2017 to 2021, Anhui’s birth population was 980,000, 860,000, 760,000, 640,000, and 530,000 respectively. According to this data, the number of births in Anhui fell by 47.6% in 2021 compared to 2017.
In addition, Hunan province’s birth rate in 2021 is below 500,000 for the first time in 60 years, while Henan province’s birth rate falls below 800,000 for the first time since 1978.
Lu Jiehua, a professor from the Sociology Department of Peking University, said there is a decline in the number and proportion of women of childbearing age; secondly, the concept of marriage and childbearing among young people has changed.
Last but not least, the cost of raising and educating children increased. Lu Jiehua believes that getting married and having children is not an inevitable option.
As Insider reported on May 25, young adults in China once referred to themselves as the country’s “last generation.”
The now-banned “last generation” hashtag shows how angry and disappointed young people are.
People have also used it as a way to fire back at China’s regime for pushing the population birth rate.
The word came from a video that went viral and was later taken down from Weibo, China’s version of Twitter.
In the video, several officers wearing protective gear can be seen threatening Shanghai residents. They say that if they don’t follow the COVID-19 quarantine rules, “three generations” of their family will be impacted.
When being warned, the man responded bluntly, “Sorry, we are the last generation, thanks!”
Wang told the Insider that he liked the man in the video and that when he called his generation “the last,” he was speaking for all young Chinese.
Wang, referring to the hashtag, told Insider:
“There are many things that make me think that my generation is likely to be China’s last, or its last “good” one,”
Wang’s final words: “No one I know wants to have kids. And I, for one, don’t want to bring a new life into this world and have it grow up to be lonely, aimless, and just another number in the country’s birth rate that doesn’t mean anything.”