Date
24 September 2017
Rising living costs and changing attitudes in society are enabling a growing number of Chinese to opt of parenthood. Photo: Bloomberg
Rising living costs and changing attitudes in society are enabling a growing number of Chinese to opt of parenthood. Photo: Bloomberg

Three’s a crowd for a growing number of China couples

Couples who opt against parenthood are finding growing acceptance in China as the country’s economic transformation brings about attitudinal changes in society, China Daily reported over the weekend.

While some “double-income-no-kids”, or DINK couples, cite freedom from the burden of parenthood, others name motivations such as social concerns, pollution, education costs and food safety, the paper said.

“Would the child I could bring into this world choose to be born if it could?” a 38-year-old man was quoted as saying. “I don’t want my kid to live a bitter life.”

He and his wife are going against the mainstream belief that the starting point for a happily married life is children. They instead subscribe to the “world of two” philosophy.

In fact, there is a growing number of fertile couples, in which both partners work, who elect not to have children, the report noted. 

Liu and his wife run a small gift shop in a Beijing hutong. They enjoy carefree lives and do not face any pressure from their parents over their lifestyle choices. That made it easy for them in deciding not to have kids.

“We’re not confident we can provide the best for a baby,” Liu told the paper.

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