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Playlist: Jennifer Dunn's Portfolio

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Hainan Gender Gap

From World Vision Report | Part of the Stories from the World Vision Report series | 06:05

Some of the discontent in China is a result of their one child policy. Adopted 30 years ago, it was an attempt to curb china’s exploding population. The government limited urban families to one child. Rural families could have two.
For thousands of years, Chinese families traditionally valued sons more than daughters. Tradition and the one child policy meant many families did anything they could to have a son. The first generation of one child policy babies are now of marrying age, and there’s a shortage of women. The number of young men in China unable to find wives is approaching 20 million. Jennifer Dunn brings us this story from a rural region where women are particularly scarce.

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80 Meters

From Jennifer Dunn | 12:34

Development tensions and forced relocation in rural southwestern China

80 Meters
Jennifer Dunn

Lugulake_small Over the past decade China's government has emphasized tourism as a means of developing the economies of rural areas, where most of the nation's ethnic minorities reside. The tourist industry has exploded in recent years, and proven its potential to channel some of the prosperity of eastern urban areas to the expansive, underdeveloped western provinces. However, the pace of development has accelerated beyond local government's capacities for stable and communicative planning, leaving many locals feeling marginalized, frustrated, and uncertain about their futures. This piece explores the tourist industry of Lige, a small village on Lugu Lake in Yunnan province. Locals share their perspectives on recent developments and reflect on tensions between community members, local officials, and the national government.

Blood and Paper Trails

From Jennifer Dunn | 05:03

HIV carriers in rural China struggle for livelyhood and justice

Zhen_small 19 HIV/AIDS patients in China's Heilongjiang province won a landmark court victory in December, and received the largest compensation yet awarded to the nation's victims of HIV-contaminated blood transfusions. Human rights campaigners hail the case as an encouraging precedent for others in China who endure a similar fate. But complicated local bureaucracies and inconsistent execution of national directives obstruct many rural HIV carriers from the courts. In this story Zhen talks about his experience in Hebei Province seeking compensation for he and his wife's HIV infections. Over the course of his ongoing struggle with hospital and government officials he has become an advocate and educator for other victims of contaminated blood transfusions in his region.