onsdag 28. juli 2021

A Canadian swimmer's success is forcing China to reexamine the legacy of its one-child policy

A gold medal-winning Canadian swimmer has made waves in China for her Chinese heritage, sparking heated discussions over the country's decades-long one-child policy and gender discrimination. Margaret MacNeil shot to international fame Monday after winning the women's 100-meter butterfly at the Tokyo Olympics, setting an Americas continental record at her very first Games.

In China, however, the 21-year-old was drawing wide attention for another reason, as news spread that the Canadian girl who beat China's top woman swimmer, Zhang Yufei, by 0.05 seconds was actually born in China and adopted as a baby by a Canadian couple.

The subject of MacNeil soon lit up Chinese social media. A hashtag about her victory became the top trending topic on Chinese microblogging site Weibo on Monday morning, and has since drawn nearly 400 million views. Much of the attention has focused on her Chinese heritage -- and reflections over the wider social and political circumstances that led to her adoption by a foreign family.