China’s Male-Female Birth Ratio Down Slightly: The imbalance in ratio of male and female born in China has been steadily creating an unnatural gap between the genders. In industrialized countries the ratio is 100 males to 107 females. In China, some areas have reported such highs as 130 males to 100 females. The latest report shows that the ratio has decreased by 1.11 points with 119.45 boys born to every 100 girls in 2009.
Reconstructing Yushu: The Chinese government accepted a plan to reconstruct the earthquake affected areas of Yushu prefecture on June 14. All work is expected to be completed in three years with the majority of funding coming from the central government.
Caring for China’s Elderly Population: US-China Today takes a look at the current situation for China’s steadily growing elderly population. With fewer children to share the cost of caring for their aging parents, new steps must be taken to ensure that they receive proper financial and medical support.
Smoking—A costly and complicated problem: Smoking causes more than one million deaths in China each year and that number has yet to peak. PBS did a special report on the subject of tobacco consumption in China highlighting both the health problems associated with the habit and the reality of how the cash crop keeps many rural farmers afloat. View the video here.
Summer Reading: Perhaps books on philanthropy are not at the top of your beach reads this summer, but just in case, get some ideas (or give some) for educational and inspirational page turners at The Chronicle of Philanthropy.
Buffet & Gates Challenge the World’s Wealthy: The details of last year’s secret meeting of the millionaires (and billionaires) has been revealed and now Warren Buffet and Bill Gates are encouraging the world’s wealthy to give generously. Recently Gates came to China to encourage some of the country’s rich to join the campaign.