The Red Sea

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A collection of media by people like you working to end gendercide and restore life, value and dignity to girls and mothers in China.
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  • May 15, 2013 10:35 am

    "Death of Innocents" by Callum Russell

    Summary

    I have long been an admirer of Chinese art, particularly the tradition of paper-cutting as it is my primary method of working. A couple of years ago I started researching and reading into the one child policy, into what had been going on, and what continues to happen in China. With these two interests combined I felt compelled to create a piece of work which would not only explore the theme but would also expose the injustice to an unintentionally ignorant Western audience. Using the language of traditional Chinese symbolism and technique I created a large scale red paper cutout depicting the struggle and injustices for chinese girls. The piece is called Death of the Innocents, a reference to the Rubens paintings that depict the biblical Massacre of the Innocents of Bethlehem, as related in the Gospel of Matthew. Using the dragon as the symbol for the male, and the phoenix for female, as well as the ideas of an unbalanced yin and yang, and the oppression of these girls I have created a piece which on first glance looks like a piece from the Chinese tradition of red papercuts, but under closer examination is revealed to be a critique of the outdated and unjust policy. What appear to be cherubs or angels in the background clouds are actually girls falling, the dragon and the phoenix are evolving from the umbilical cords of the central child figures - the dragons teeth latched onto the tail of the phoenix, and the simple but violent action of creating a piece of art by using a surgical scalpel to physically cut out pieces poignantly echoes the ‘cutting out’ of a generation of defenseless innocents.

    Bio

    I am a recently graduated illustrator from London England. I work primarily in papercut, drawing inspiration from the rich history of the craft and combining it with modern digital technologies.  Visit my website to see more of my work.

  • November 14, 2012 1:05 pm

    Regan Lookadoo is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky. While teaching the course, Psychology of Slavery, she began to see a real energy among the students as their initial shock concerning modern day slavery turned into a passion towards advocacy. Lookadoo used this energy to lead a two year focus on human trafficking on campus which culminated in The Uniting Minds, Transforming Lives:  Kentucky Conference on Human Trafficking which was held on March 22-24th, 2012. Itwas the first statewide conference in Kentucky on Human Trafficking that incorporated both awareness and specific advocacy methods for professional and educational settings. The purpose of the conference was to spread knowledge of the injustice of human trafficking and engage and unite Kentuckians with local and national organizations to fight against human trafficking across the globe. Georgetown College now has a student abolitionist group that organizes monthly events to raise awareness of the issue of human trafficking and Lookadoo is hopeful that the college can again host another conference for the state in the near future.

  • September 13, 2012 4:25 pm

    "Gendercide Undone: Evaluating the Causes of South Korea’s Return to Normal Sex Ratios" by Nicole Christine Frazer

    Summary:  After studying the problem of gendercide in China, I decided to examine another nation—South Korea—that struggled with gendercide in the 80s and 90s but somehow managed to bring its sex ratio within normal ratios during the past decade.  My submission is the fruit of that examination—in the form of an extensive piece of original research.  I focus a large portion of the paper on outlining six primary theories on what elements played the most important roles in ending Korea’s gender imbalance; later, I weigh the validity of these theories.  To my knowledge, there is no other piece of research as extensive as this one that examines the plausibility of the different theories as to how South Korea fixed its gendercide problem.  I hope that this piece can be used by both laypeople and policymakers to help end gendercide in China and throughout the world because it examines different aspects of South Korea’s transformation and discusses whether or not facets of South Korea’s transition can be exported to other nations.

    I wrote this piece because I find South Korea’s story both confounding and inspiring.  Confounding because the myriad forces that drove Korea’s resolution of gendercide are difficult—and sometimes impossible—to nail down.  Inspiring because Korea is the only nation in modern times that has reversed rampant gendercide.  And ultimately, for me, this piece represents hope: hope for the unwanted women and girls of Eastern Europe, India, and China—and anywhere else that gendercide is rampant.  As I write in the paper, this piece holds deep meaning for me because Korea’s history of gendercide is a tragic and muddled one—yet, its experience is ringed about with hope.

    Bio: A graduate of Patrick Henry College with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, Nicole is currently a law student at the University of Virginia.  While an undergraduate, she founded the college chapter of All Girls Allowed at Patrick Henry College and sat on the national student board for AGA.  Her professional experience includes working for Prison Fellowship Ministries, the Heritage Foundation, and United States Senator Richard Lugar.  Currently, Nicole is pursuing her degree in law at the University of Virginia; she one day hopes to use her legal experience to help abused, battered, and underrepresented women throughout the world obtain legal representation within their own legal systems. 

    I want to be able to continue to research on the issue of gendercide.  I especially want to focus on other countries that have, or had in the the past, abysmal gender ratios, looking at how the experiences of other countries with gendercide can help us understand—and hopefully come closer—to solving China’s problem.

    Below is an excerpt from the paper.  Click here to read the paper in its entirety

    Gendercide Undone: Evaluating the Causes of South Korea’s Return to Normal Sex Ratios

     

    “A woman must follow three men in her lifetime: her father, her husband, and finally her eldest son.” ~ Confucian principle of samjong-jido[1]

    “”There are three unfilial acts: the greatest of these is the failure to produce sons.” ~ Confucius[2]

    “[To] choose the sexes of our children … is one of the most stupendously sexist acts in which it is possible to engage.  It is the original sexist sin … [Both pre- and post- conception technologies] make the most basic judgment about the worth of a human being rest first and foremost on its sex.” ~ Tabitha Powledge[3]

    The modern world is facing a demographic and human rights crisis of astronomical proportions: one hundred sixty-million girls are missing from the world today.  Throughout much of the world, and especially Eastern Europe and Asia, a decided preference for male babies is held by much of the population.  Women and men in many cultures want to have sons—and are using modern technologies, such as sex-selective abortion, to unsure that they do so.  In China, over 120 boys are born for every 100 girls, and in India 108 boys are born for every 100 girls.  The slaughter of millions of female fetuses has resulted in a host of problems, including increased human trafficking and abysmally high suicide rates among women.

    But in the midst of this dismal picture for baby girls throughout the world, one bright light stands out: South Korea.  In 1990, South Korea was experiencing a gender imbalance almost as high as China’s today and the highest in the world at the time.  Yet as of 2007, South Korea had brought its male-female ratio at birth down to a natural level.  But how did South Korea manage this unheard-of feat in such a short period of time?  And what implications and hope does South Korea’s experience hold for other nations—such as China and India—that are facing similar gender imbalances?  This paper will examine the answers that various authors have given to these questions, ultimately concluding that demographic and reproductive law enforcement theories stand up better than do theories centering on the status of women in Korea.  While a cursory look at the various theories might lead one to believe that factors that have elevated the status of women in Korea have done the most to decrease gendercide, this paper ultimately finds that demographic and reproductive law enforcement have played the most important role in ending gendercide in Korea.  

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  • September 13, 2012 12:00 am

    "Gabby & Amiee’s 10th Birthday Party" by Tanya


    Summary: The girls (Gabrielle & Amiee) celebrated their 10th birthday by hosting an Asian Tea Party for their friends. Each of the attendees was encouraged to bring a donation for All Girls Allowed. They raised enough money to rescue two girls from gendercide.  Note: This video was edited in part by Valerie Ross, media producer for All Girls Allowed.

    Bio: As a parent of one of the girls, I submitted this video to demonstrate that children can be involved in helping to restore value and dignity to mothers in China who are suffering because of the one child policy. They hope that other children are inspired to raise money and champion this cause. I believe it is a great idea to help children get involved in philanthropy and consider those less fortunate. One benefit is that children can learn that giving can be more rewarding than receiving. I would like to expand this concept of charity parties to aid nonprofit organizations.

  • September 13, 2012 12:00 am

    "Emily’s Story" by Emily


    Summary: This video is really a request to parents to become more involved and to spread awareness about the issue of gendercide in China. Additionally, it will also speak to members of church communities that value life to become involved in AGA’s mission.  Note: This video was produced by Valerie Ross, media producer for All Girls Allowed.

    Bio: I was interviewed because of a letter I sent a while back with my response to the forced abortion of a Chinese woman’s second child when she was eight months pregnant. The director is a good friend from my church and works at AGA.

    If I won a grant from All Girls Allowed, I would put the money towards sponsoring child-care at a Mom’s group to read Chai Ling’s book and start a conversation about how we as Moms can do more to help.

  • September 13, 2012 12:00 am

    "The Baby Blanket Ministry" by The Baby Blanket Ministry


    Summary: The Baby Blanket Ministry was created to provide a tangible way to show that these baby girls are valued and loved, even from thousands of miles away. We care about these babies and their families, and by sending a blanket over with All Girls Allowed’s Baby Shower Gifts, we can let them know that there is a specific person who is thinking of them, praying for them, and hoping that their blanket will be a permanent reminder of how valued they are, by us and by God.

    Bio: I am the adoptive mother of 2 amazing girls born in China, so the issue of the one child policy is close to my heart. I want people to know that there is something we can do, however small, that can have a big impact on families in China and how they view their girls.

    Seeing young girls come together this spring at a blanket-making event was so powerful. Any funds awarded would be used to organize and provide supplies for more blanket-making parties for kids so that, not only will baby girls and their families in China receive a tangible gift, but the kids here can receive the gift of helping others, which is also incredibly powerful.

  • August 31, 2012 1:37 pm

    "China Silk Screens/Missing Chinese Baby Girls" by Lois Andersen

    Bio: I am a Boston area painter/illustrator/educator http://loisandersenfineart.com/. As a Christian and blessed by God’s mercy, I am required to cry for justice for the oppressed. The challenge of the Red Sea Project prompted me to think imaginatively what sort of visual art might create awareness of gendercide in China and galvanize a response of engagement. 

    Summary: My hope is that through a visually stunning presentation, viewers will experience a visceral sense of loss and understanding of gendercide in China. The intent is to unambiguously represent this tragedy; leading to awareness, compassion and engagement. 

    As people walk around and/or though the the exhibit, they will be engaged by winsome images. Each of the 6 silk panels will be divided into 9” squares by rows of fine stitching and will be 6 squares high by 3 squares wide, with one cut-out square missing/vacant out of every six. The images/faces will be drawn on the silk from photos of real, individual Chinese baby girls, and will be as clearly visible on the reverse.

    The screen/model  you see in the photos is a rough approximation of my full idea. The actual frames of the screens are to be made of bamboo, with panels of red silk (budget permitting)or silk-like cloth. The (6) frames will be approximately 6’ high and 32”wide, with silk panels suspended between bamboo dowels, which fit into the large, vertical supporting bamboo poles. 

    Each of the frames are to be lashed together with cord or slices of bamboo to keep a consistent theme of genuine Chinese materials. All parts could disassemble for relocating the exhibit. Also, panels can be organized three in one section, separate from the other three, depending on the space, traffic flow, etc.. Together they can be arranged in half circles, or at angles, depending on the visual impact in a particular space. Varying arrangements of the “screen” will allow viewers many ways to walk around and engage with the project. 

    If I am granted award money, I will use it to construct the exhibit with quality materials (from 3 to 6 panels; depending on what funds provide).  

  • August 31, 2012 1:31 pm

    "The Disappeared" by the Art for Change Foundation and the Let Her Live Campaign

    Bio: Art for Change Foundation is a small arts organization started and run by local artists in New Delhi, India, with the vision to see art shape society with beauty and truth.  In 2006 the Art for Change Foundation began responding to the issue of violence against women in India, in particular the problem of female foeticide.  Since 2011 the Art for Change Foundation has partnered with Let Her Live, a movement working to change mindsets in India which discriminate against women & girl children and result in sex-selective abortions and other forms of gender-based violence.

    Summary: Besides being responsible for most of the 163 million missing women in Asia, India and China are both geographic neighbors and political & economic rivals. What is good for India, however, is good for China and vice versa—internal stability, people-centered policies, and a culture of valuing women.

    Although legislation has banned determining the sex of a foetus and sex-selective abortions in India, the law has had negligible effect on the alarming imbalance of male-to-female sex ratios in our country.  Indian government officials have admitted that without addressing the mindset—that set of values and beliefs that lie at the root of the practice—change will not be possible. 

    We believe that art has the power to change society by addressing and shaping the ideas that underlie culture.  The paintings presented in this short video are a selection of works created in artist residencies and painting workshops run by us as an attempt to address the root causes behind female foeticide in India, in this case the question of what it means not just to be female, but to be male. 

    The selection of works in the video were created during several one-month artists residencies and one-week painting workshops involving 33 artists over the last 6 years.  The artists ranged from a homeless man who paints, to young professional artists, to a 75 year-old self-taught painter, to an art college lecturer.

    The artists met intentionally to understand the issues of female foeticide and broader violence against women in India, explore the roots of these problems, and in community use their skills to create artwork that could be used to both ‘show a mirror to society’ and speak truth to the issue.  Besides impacting regular viewers, the artists themselves were deeply moved through this process, as the mirror was shown not just to society but to their own hearts and minds.

    Although we have run a number of physical exhibitions using the works resulting from these activities, Art for Change Foundation and ‘Let Her Live’ made this video to create a virtual gallery experience in order to get these paintings out to a wider audience.  The purpose for the video is both to give an overview of the problem as well as address a key underlying belief. 

    If we win any grant money we plan to use it towards two purposes:  (1) Celebrating the ‘International Day of the Girl Child’ in New Delhi this Oct 11th, (info packs for churches, street theater performances, college-campus screenings of the new ‘It’s A Girl’ movie).  (2) Funding a CD of songs written during a song-writing workshop we organized earlier, for which we haven’t had the funds to record yet.

    *Administrator note: Because of a technical glitch during the voting process, 67 “likes” which were lost upon editing this entry will be added to the final count.

  • August 29, 2012 11:23 am

    "SHE JUST CAME TOGETHER AT THE RIGHT TIME" by Adrian Johnston

    Bio: Adrian is an artist living and working in Boston.

    Summary: The greatest holocaust of our present time is the war against the unborn.  It has taken the clothes of liberty and freedom in the west, and the form of policy and social preservation in the east.  But regardless of the trappings, the fruits of violence, destruction, and death are the same worldwide.   These paintings are quiet reflections of hope shining back against this annihilating darkness.

    I created these two images over the period of about 7 years, and finished them in 2011.  They are quite small, yet I came back to them time and time again, painting, and repainting.  They changed often, in subject, form, and color.  But though small, and not very good paintings, I was loathe to discard them.  After many layers of thin veils of paint, they began to become something in and of themselves.  I saw in them a reference to the icon traditions of Europe.  Icons were small, personal paintings that served as reminders of devotion and love and worship.  After much toil and labor, these paintings have become 1) a memorial to celebrate those who will not grow to maturity in this world, or to those whose sufferings have gone voiceless, dark, and unrecorded, and 2) a reminder of the unseen, the life in the womb in all its potential.

    Can a painting restore value and dignity to girls and mothers in China?

    A painting is a quiet witness, and a reflection of our thoughts and our world.  “Anonymous” shows a form in silhouette, surrounded by what seems to be particles of light or feathers, numerous as God’s thoughts.  The silhouette is evocative, and begs to be filled:  Is it a human figure? Is it a keyhole?  Is it a bell?  Is it a saint, or martyr?   

    Can an image end gendercide?

    The image of a living infant, the reminder of the unseen, is iconic.  It can fill us with wonder at the thought of the life within the womb.  In painting “She Just Came Together at the Right Time” I was filled with amazement when I considered the complex detail of the developing baby, and the process by which a living being is knit together.  I remember that when I first “saw”—-via a picture— my first child, though yet in his mother’s belly, was the instant I knew his name.  Somehow seeing this awoke a new relationship in my life. 

    If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me,

    and the light about me be night,

    even the darkness is not dark to you;

    the night is bright as the day,

    for darkness is as light with you.

    For you formed my inward parts;

    you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.

    I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

    Wonderful are your works;

    my soul knows it very well.

    My frame was not hidden from you,

    when I was being made in secret,

    intricately woven in the depths of the earth.

    Your eyes saw my unformed substance;

    in your book were written, every one of them,

    the days that were formed for me,

    when as yet there were none of them.

    How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!

    How vast is the sum of them

    -Psalm 139:11-1

    Grant money would be used to continue in labors of love, and works in faith.

  • August 29, 2012 11:17 am
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    "Daughters and Sons" by KMOV

    Bio:  KMOV (www.kmov.org) is a multimedia engine for artworks and collaboration in an international ministry context.  This song is by artists Stone and Anjun, who live and serve and work both in the United States and China.  They collaborate on much of their music via email.

    Summary: This song is called Daughters and Sons, and speaks in a voice of lament and encouragement to the women and children of China who have suffered the violence of the One Child Policy over the last thirty plus years.  The melody was originally written by an unknown author for the haunting song “的呼/Love’s Calling” (not to be confused with the pop song from Hong Kong) whose lyrics talk about finding hope in a world of brokenness in the love of Jesus Christ (rough translation from Chinese):

    Life is like a deep sleep


    Life is like a broken kite

    Tossed by the wind, and vanishing like smoke


    It’s hard to see the truth when you are crying, alone and lost


    Jesus wants to forgive your sins

    Jesus wants to fill your emptiness….  

    In this song, we hope to contrast the holocaust of the last thirty years with the prophetic voice of Isaiah (see chapters 48, 52, 54, 55, and 60).  The horror of a forced abortion, or a fetus in a trash can is a chaotic reality, a shadow that is prolonged by a policy that teaches 1/6th of the world’s population that human life is expendable, that children are a needless burden, that girls have little value.  Yet even those responsible for propagating this policy acknowledge the brutal result of these lies.  One retired officer in China’s Family Planning Committee, whose job it was to establish and strengthen the Birth Control centers nationwide was reported to have said, “wherever we went, blood flowed like a river.”  But the systematic killing of little sisters and brothers still continues.

    This song expresses our hope in a time of renewal, justice, and forgiveness.  Can the dead live?  O for such a resurrection that the aborted would be able to find their mothers, and bring healing to them, where the women who have suffered so much violence might at last be mothers of peace.  O that righteousness would be as continual as waves of the sea, and peace, not blood, like a river! 

    Grant money would be used towards purchasing recording equipment, further recording and distribution of music.

    The lyrics of Daughters and Sons:

    Darling, my afflicted one

    Storm tossed, not comforted

    All your children shall be taught by the Lord

    And great shall be their peace.

    Awake! Shake yourself from your dusty grave

    Clothe yourself with strength and rise again

    O Captive daughter of Zion

     

    Your righteousness is like the waves of the sea

    And your peace like a river

    Arise! Shine your light has come.

    Here they are, all your daughters and your sons.

     

    From the east I heard a cry:

    My rage is an ocean in flood above the sky

    Where are all your children?

    Now all I see is a river of blood that flows to me.

     

    Your righteousness is like the sea

    And your peace like a river

    Arise! Shine your light has come

    Here we are, all your daughters and your sons.

  • August 28, 2012 10:01 am

    "Cards to Show Love and Care" by Ellen

    Summary: The personal touch of a handmade greeting card can have a lasting impact on the receiver. As I read an AGA weekly newsletter a few months ago, I read how monthly stipends were delivered in pink envelopes. I am a card maker and those two words were like a light bulb coming on in my brain…then my heart. I have often asked the Lord to use my love for making cards as a ministry and I truly believe He put this idea in my mind. Friends from church came to my house and we started making cards to express our love and concern for the Chinese mothers. Christian Chinese students from a local university wrote out messages in Chinese for the cards and I had rubber stamps made.  Another student wrote many scripture verses in Chinese and I made copies to be put in each pink card. With love and prayers, I send 305 baby cards to AGA with the hope that each card would convey that we American moms and women truly care about them and wish to encourage and praise them for making the right decision to keep their baby girls.

    Bio: I am Ellen, a wife, mother, grandmother. My heart for missions started when I was a child. After college I spent 3 1/2 years in Japan teaching English conversation in a girls’ mission school. Now my husband and I host Japanese and Chinese students from Kent State through a Christian organization. I am involving some of our grandchildren in our activities so that they can also develope a heart for all God’s people.

  • August 28, 2012 9:14 am

    "Hope Begins with Love" by Ame’

    Summary: When we moved to China, we quickly became friends with our Chinese co-workers, our students loved us, and we made the five best friends girls could ever have. The best part was meeting a fellowship of believers who also shared our passion for spreading God’s love. It wasn’t, however, all happiness and joy. When one of our Chinese friends came to the fellowship study with us, the school warned us she couldn’t come again because she was a student. Another student told us she liked to be beaten because it meant her boyfriend loved her. Many opened up to us about how the One-Child policy had affected them and their families through forced abortions, constant fear, and feelings of disappointment at not being born a boy. Most of all we couldn’t believe how lowly women valued themselves. They would say they didn’t deserve more.

    The song “Amazing Grace My Chains Are Gone” by Chris Tomlin became our prayer for the girls of China. We heard time and time again from women and girls of all ages that they wanted to believe there was more for them. I believe God has issued a call to Christians all over the world to show his love to these hurting but amazing people. Through friendship and love, we are hoping to help Chinese girls begin a relationship with their Heavenly Father and discover the true value they possess inside.

    This video shows many of the people we met and worked with this past year, and the music is a recording of a performance we did at Churches while at home raising funds and awareness for our work in China. We are shortly heading back to China for another year of service.

    Bio: I’m Ame’(23). My friend Jillayne (23) and I are oral English teachers in Shandong Province, China. I first learned of the teaching opportunity after spending a semester abroad learning Chinese. Jillayne is my best friend so she was the perfect person to embark on this adventure with me. We first learned of gendercide and the struggles of women in China through All Girls Allowed at the 2011 Students for Life conference. We were both very active in the pro-life movement here at home so it was natural for us to want to help in China. Unfortunately our jobs prevent some traditional methods of reaching out to our students and co-workers. We believe the best way we can help the women and girls of China is by building relationships based on trust and love so they might see Christ in us.

  • August 27, 2012 1:44 pm

    "Hitting Close to Home" by Ariana Vaughn

    Summary: I am definitely an advocate for stopping gendercide in China. While studying Chinese, I have met a number of wonderful Chinese women of all ages. They have truly touched my life and impacted me tremendously. Hearing their stories about how hard it can be as a woman in China temporarily places me in their shoes. As our relationships continually grow, their heartache has become my own. Thus, I want to tell you all some of these women’s stories (and others that I have seen, heard, or observed) in hopes of bringing forth compassion in your hearts to respect, honor, and love women as well as support the end to gendercide. My hope is that these stories will help us to rise up out of our comfort zones and into action. I want us to take to heart the struggle of these women and the true detriment of gendercide in society. It is important to highlight the need to value women in Chinese society; once value is placed and realized, this will be the root to exterminating gendercide!

    Bio: My name is Ariana Vaughn. I am originally from Brooklyn, New York and I currently reside in Kunming, China. I have been living here for almost two years now and I study Chinese at one of the local Universities. I have a Bachelors and Masters Degree in sociology. I hope to become fluent in Chinese, receive a law degree in International Human Rights, and work with the United Nations or other affiliated organization to advocate for human rights around the world.  If I win the grant money, I plan to donate it to an orphanage here in China that takes care of young girls and a few boys so that they can afford to have other orphans come and stay at the house.

    HITTING CLOSE TO HOME

    “You are smart. I would teach you more, but you are a woman…” I sat there in awe as Jane told me her story. Jane is a Chinese college student here in China, one who is bright, brave, and bodacious. Yet time and time again, comments such as these are thrown her way by chauvinistic male professors who put a cap on her growth as a person, an individual, and a human being, all because of her gender. I had no clue what to say to her. Usually, I am good at encouraging people, but not today. She was rightfully discouraged, angry, and heartbroken. I wanted to cry for her, but held it together.

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  • July 24, 2012 9:59 am

    "FEWER" by Eric Arthur Blair

    Summary: My work has a purpose to tell the story of individuals that have been left out of the public domain. These individuals who have been abused through no fault of there own are justification enough to spend energy and all my resources trying to highlight their plight. I focus on women as I believe the empowerment of women is one of only a few ways to truly alleviate poverty. And a woman’s right over her own body while being able to make informed choices must be respected if we are serious about creating a better world. It is with this said that I have begun to continue my body of work that I wish to build on and make many people aware of in order to highlight the issues the birth planning policy forces upon people and to restore life, add value and dignity to girls and mothers in China. 

    I began to work on the Chinese Birth planning policy as an individual concerned with the World’s population as it approached 7 Billion. Believing that we are at a significant place in history where natural resources are increasingly becoming a matter of life and death for a great many people, my concern as an individual became a need to understand and present some of the most extreme and often unnecessary steps people and governments are inflicting on others in the name of ‘progress’. China’s controversial policy on birth planning is an immense concern as it is and was completely avoidable if public discourse through the work of Ma Yinchu was listened to. We are hopefully getting closer to the day that the policy will end; but the damage has been done and we as a global community should never forget and do our best to restore life to those who have lost theirs.

    Bio: Eric is a Documentary photographer from the UK who has spent much of his adult life living and working in east Asia. Eric creates photo stories in a bid to raise awareness of issues that are often unreported. His drive has always been to focus on people and places determined to document the nature of lesser known and complicated matters that have far-reaching implications. Eric has been working in China for 2 years following the Family Planning policy in the Peoples Republic. His aim is to produce the first comprehensive photographic book on the 30 plus year policy, documenting the ‘seen’ and ‘unseen’ so it can never be forgotten.

    Check out the fascinating full captions to Eric’s photos on The Red Sea’s Flickr page.

  • July 17, 2012 3:49 pm

    "Gendercide: Exposing the Hidden Holocaust" by Prof. Redding

    Summary: This video was created in collaboration with All Girls Allowed to help build awareness about the issue of gendercide and the impact of China’s One-Child Policy on girls and mothers in China. 

    Bio: Prof. Redding teaches at Columbia University and lectures at a variety of institutions about gender-selective violence, human rights abuses and violations of international humanitarian law.  He is the Executive Director of the Global Gendercide Advocacy and Awareness Project, an advocacy and educational initiative confronting the practice of gender-selective violence and the role of the international community in the “gendercidal” process.