Transcript: Only Me Generation and China's 3 Dreams: Host Intros | Nov 13, 2018

Fast clips show images of the streets in China.

Diana stands in the studio.

Diana is in her thirties, with long straight black hair and wears a black pencil skirt and a black blouse.

Behind her, images of China appear on a wall screen with the caption "China. Here and Now."

Diana says HELLO, I'M DIANA FU,
WELCOME TO
CHINA HERE AND NOW,
A LOOK AT A RAPIDLY
CHANGING CHINA
AND ITS INFLUENCE
ON THE WORLD.
FOR MORE THAN THREE DECADES,
CHINESE COUPLES WERE PERMITTED
TO HAVE JUST ONE BABY.

A picture of a one-child family appears on the wall screen.

Diana says AS THE POPULATION AGES,
HOW WILL THE YOUNGER
GENERATION COPE WITH
NO SIBLING SUPPORT
FOR ELDER CARE?
CHINA BEGAN ITS
ONE CHILD POLICY IN 1979,
AS A WAY TO CONTROL
POPULATION GROWTH.
FAMILIES THAT TRIED TO HAVE MORE
THAN ONE CHILD FACED FINES,
FORCED APPORTIONS AND
STERILIZATIONS.
THE RESULT WAS A GENERATION
OF ONLY ME CHILDREN
BORN IN THE 1980S AND 90S.
THIS EPISODE LOOKS AT THE
LIVES OF YOUNG PEOPLE
WHO TALK ABOUT BEING PAMPERED,
LONELY, AND BURDENED.
THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT
RECOGNIZED THAT AN
AGING POPULATION WOULDN'T
SUSTAIN ECONOMIC GROWTH.
IN 2016, IT ENCOURAGED COUPLES
TO HAVE TWO CHILDREN.
BUT MANY COUPLES FEEL THAT
THEY CAN'T AFFORD TO.
NOW, CHINA'S CONSIDERING
SCRAPING LIMITS ON CHILD BIRTH.
HOW WILL THE ONLY ME
GENERATION COPE WITH THE
POSSIBILITY OF
LARGER FAMILIES?
THE SECOND EPISODE EXPLORES
THE HOPES AND DREAMS OF
AVERAGE CHINESE PEOPLE OVER
THE SPAN OF SEVEN YEARS.
CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING
COINED THE PHRASE,
"THE CHINESE DREAM."
BUT WHAT ARE THOSE DREAMS?
THE OLDER GENERATION THAT
LIVED THROUGH THE
TUMULTUOUS
CULTURAL REVOLUTION,
DREAMED OF OWNING A WATCH,
A BICYCLE, AND A RADIO.
YOUNGER PEOPLE DREAM OF
GETTING RICH QUICK,
FINDING TRUE LOVE AND A
MEANINGFUL EXISTENCE.

Watch: Only Me Generation and China's 3 Dreams: Host Intros