Why are there so few Chinese dystopian thrillers when the country is living in dystopia?

Thursday, 14 September 2017, 04:31:55 AM. Men must share wives as a result of the one-child policy
For three decades, China has been running what amounts to a huge social experiment: a one-child policy that limits each family to have only one offspring. The policy has led to a greater gender imbalance than the global average. In 2015, Beijing relaxed this policy to allow two children per family. But in Maggie Shen King’s debut novel, An Excess Male, China continues to face this real-world dystopian scenario. In an alternate timeline set in the near future, the one-child policy has continued for several decades, radically changing the social structure. In this world, a woman can take up to three husbands, depending on how “patriotic” a family decides to be and how desperately in need of cash they are. Mild spoilers ahead for An Excess Male. In this political climate, May-ling has an unlikely family structure: she has five other sisters. Her parents used all kinds of shady methods to get away with violating the country’s one-child policy, including smuggling and bribery. But this initial problem pays off for her parents in this future: they can collect male dowries from each child when they’re given away to husbands. To maximize their profits, May-ling’s parents usually pick out grooms with some kind of social or physical flaw, so the husbands’ families have to pay more for the extra burden. Their greedy attitude has created for May-ling what has gradually descended into a marital nightmare. She’s married to a gay man, Hann, and his brother, Xiong-xin, a man with a probable...Read more
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