Chinese Book on one-child policy

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Raised by 69 people in 4 months
My book, "One Child," on China's one-child policy was published this year. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Unfortunately, the people most affected by the policy are not able to read it.

Thanks to tightening censorship in China, I am unable to get a mainland Chinese publisher, or even one in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Therefore, I have created a Chinese version of my book, and am releasing a free download of it aimed at mainland Chinese readers.  Help support efforts like this that allow important messages to spread far and wide!

Previously, books on "banned" topics in China used to find their way to mainland readers through Hong Kong or Taiwan, but the chill on publishing has extended even beyond China as Beijing's influence grows.

Recently, in a twist worthy of Kafka, several booksellers in Hong Kong who dared print unflattering stories on China’s leaders mysteriously disappeared, only to appear on mainland China making televised confessions to a host of alleged crimes.

Needless to say, this has created a climate of fear among writers and publishers to produce anything remotely critical of Beijing.

To write a book about China that most Chinese cannot read is to accept defeat.

I have interviewed many Chinese people for this book -- from academics to officials to everyday folk. They spoke honestly, and at some risk to themselves, about how the one-child policy shaped their lives. Their observations and experiences deserve to be part of the conversation about China’s past and future. I was not willing to have their voices silenced.

In addition to a free download of it aimed at mainland Chinese readers, I will also have versions in simplified and traditional Chinese available for sale via electronic download, Amazon Kindle, or print-on-demand, for folks outside the great Firewall.

All this has taken a significant amount of resources: I have had to pay for a translation out of my own pocket. Even finding a translator was no an easy task. One candidate bowed out for fear of political retribution. My current translator has asked to remain anonymous.

I’ve also had to turn myself into a mini-publisher, learning about file formatting, marketing, cover design, copyright issues, rights management—all for a book which I am, for the most part, giving away free.

I am turning to you to help me cover the costs of this highly unorthodox approach to publishing.

If you help me succeed in this venture, it may encourage other writers whose works have been repressed by authoritarian regimes to consider new ways of reaching their audiences.

It will be a nod to human ingenuity, journalism and truth-telling.

Most of all, it is a gesture of hope that the freedom of ideas will prevail.

Thank you!
Mei

"A searing, important, and eminently readable exploration of China's one-child policy."
— NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF, NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS
"Not to be missed ... [Fong] combines tough, broad economic analysis with individual stories."
— ECONOMIST / 1843
“A timely, important work that takes stock of the one-child policy’s damage…ONE CHILD is, like the policy’s abolition, long overdue, and Ms. Fong was the perfect person to write it.”
— WALL STREET JOURNAL
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Update 2
Posted by Mei Fong
1 month ago
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A three month update: Thank you ALL of you for supporting this project! I hope to have some exciting news regarding the Chinese-language print edition I can definitively share soon with you. But in meantime, you should know that collectively, your contributions, along with contributors on my GoFundMe page, as well as private donations, have collectively helped me reach about a third of my funding goals in the short time this project has launched. In the meantime, the project has received a great deal of attention in Chinese media, with pieces in Next, World Journal Initium, Voice of America (Mandarin) to name a few. I've also written a piece, "The Last BookSeller, " for the newly launched PEN HK chapter. For more frequent updates on my work and thoughts, please check out my One CHild Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/1childChina/) as well as my website www.meifong.org. In a few days I'll be in Australia for book promotion, so if you're in that part of the world, check out my FBevents page.

"While the business of criticizing Beijing has always been somewhat hazardous, I cannot think of a time in recent history when it has been more difficult, if not to say dangerous, to do so..We can all do something. We must all do something."
Explaining my China Project
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Update 1
Posted by Mei Fong
2 months ago
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Hi everyone, this took a little longer for me to upload as am in India doing book promotion, but for those who've supported me, huge thanks, and appreciate if you share this short video of me explaining my project and motivations.
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$2,660 of $10k goal

Raised by 69 people in 4 months
Created November 28, 2016
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Julie Traitsis
20 days ago
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Christina Larson
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Thanks for your words (printed and spoken), and your inspiration!

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