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Hoping for a dragon child

China’s loosening of its one-child policy will make reform more urgent

By Helen Gao   January 2014

I was born in the January of 1988, shortly before the Lunar New Year. It was the end of the Year of the Rabbit, or, as my parents call it, the “rabbit tail.” As a child, I looked enviously at peers who had the fortune of arriving into the world months later, and were thus born in the Year of the Dragon, the single most auspicious sign in the zodiac calendar.

Growing up as Dragon children—or as someone like me, whose birth date was close enough for me to cross various life milestones with them—has indeed been a blessing, if…

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