Asia-Pacific Population & Policy

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Asia-Pacific Population & Policy is a four-page policy brief, issued quarterly, that summarizes research on population and reproductive health for policymakers and others concerned with the Asia-Pacific region.

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    Age at marriage is rising for Asian women and men, according to new data
    (Honolulu: East-West Center, 1992-09) Greenspan, Allison
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    Evidence mounts for sex-selective abortion in Asia
    (Honolulu: East-West Center, 1995) Westley, Sidney B.
    In Asian societies with a strong preference for sons, there is growing evidence that couples are using ultrasound and other modern methods to identify the sex of unborn fetuses, followed by selective abortion of females. Population statistics in South Korea, China, Taiwan, and some parts of India show a record preponderance of male births, leading to predictions of gender imbalance in future generations. This combination of son preference with modern technology poses a social, economic, and ethical dillema for policymakers. Governments are responding by severely penalizing the use of fetal screening for sex identification and are trying to address the deep-rooted problem of son preference that underlies the incidence of sex-selective abortion.
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    Falling fertility in Indonesia : success in national family planning
    (Honolulu: East-West Center, 1989) Robey, Bryant
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    What's happening to marriage in East Asia?
    (Honolulu: East-West Center, 1998) Westley, Sidney B.
    A trend toward late marriage has brought birth rates in Japan and South Korea to unprecedented low levels. In recent surveys, young people in these countries have expressed more negative attitudes about marriage than young people in the United States, and married people in Japan and South Korea have expressed less satisfaction with their marriages than their American counterparts. Women's views on marriage may be affected by the disproportionate burden of housework reported by married women, even those who work fulltime outside the home. Policymakers might counter attitudes associated with low fertility by making employment conditions more favorable to women who are married.
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    Caring for the elderly and holding down a job : how are women coping in Japan?
    (Honolulu: East-West Center, 2003) Ogawa, Naohiro ; Retherford, Robert D. ; Saito, Yasuhiko
    Findings from Nihon University's 1999-2000 Japan Longitudinal Study of Ageing show that more than half of Japanese women who live with an elderly parent or parent-in-law are employed outside the home. Even in households where the elderly family member is very old or seriously disabled, large proportions of women continue to hold down full- or part-time jobs. These finding should be reassuring to Japanese policymakers who are concerned that middle-aged women remain in the labor force while continuing to care for elderly family members at home.
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