One Child Policy: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

John Oliver discusses China’s one-child policy, and all its consequences, intended and not.
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  • Women always get fucked... Too many people? You can only have 1 child! Is it a girl? Kill her! Shit there aren't enough women now! I know lets kidnap, traffic and force women to marry! Jesus!

    Né RodriguesNé RodriguesVor Stunde
  • Happy 70th anniversary with 70% population crisis.

    uber channeluber channelVor 22 Stunden
  • Well, one child policy guaranteed my education, my life as a girl. Just wanted u know, before 1980s, no body cares about girls, no family will invest anything on girls bc girls will leave the family eventually and start to make money and raise children for another family. Then government wanted to control this situation plus the great increasing numbers of population. That’s how the policy came. Judge after you do some study. Judging ppl is too easy, but as a tv channel, pls at least do some research and deliver some comprehensive aspects. Guess u guys never care about real China, u just wanted to enjoy judging China

    OpenEyes OpenMindOpenEyes OpenMindVor Tag
  • Over population is the source of most problems in the world. Global warming, epidemic everything. We need to reduce our population one way or another. I’m not saying the way it was executed in China was the best but the one child policy is not flawed and seems to soon become a necessary step in our society.

    max bellaichemax bellaicheVor Tag
  • As a Chinese woman I can only say this time I am very disappointed in John Oliver. The perspective of this piece is just as male as every Chinese propaganda media. Chinese women suffered so much and there are tens of millions of us were simply removed from the population. And it’s not only because of gender selective abortion, many are abandoned, even killed after born. And many are so ill treated by their own family and are virtually sold to their husbands for money. And now when everyone talks about this, you all take the male point of view and spend most of time concerning about men being lonely and buying sex dolls?

    Menghui LiMenghui LiVor Tag
  • Just sitting and staring

    Horrid HenryHorrid HenryVor Tag
  • This video makes every single male in the USA feel lucky they’re not that screwed.

    Ranel GallardoRanel GallardoVor 2 Tage
  • While aussies have taken aboriginal childrens away.

    Foodies CollectionFoodies CollectionVor 2 Tage
  • There was, and still is, an overpopulation problem. The consequences of female infanticide was caused by the parents who killed their female babies. John Oliver says funny things but I reallly hope no one takes him seriously. He's not comparing the numbers he's throwing out to the total population of China, which is something like 1 billion. His show is probably a good example of "straw-man" arguments? Filmsy. He is funny, though. Full of shit, but funny.

    Julie A.Julie A.Vor 2 Tage
  • A forced abortion and sterilization government will eventually implement forced pregnancy by forced sexual instercause.

    Dk FGDk FGVor 3 Tage
  • What the two child policy, or at least strict enforcement of it, ignores is that declining birth rate. The population is now shrinking on it's own, allowing people to have more children, even if you spread propaganda for just two, will actually help to stabilize the population. Unless you want to literally work until you die, the population needs to shrink slowly, not quickly.

    Add EAdd EVor 3 Tage
  • Words fail me when it comes to this kind of thing.....the Chinese government is the cruelest and most evil regime! What worries me is that some Australian politicians hold them up as somewhat exemplary due to them having lifted their people out of poverty......but at what expense?

    luminair11luminair11Vor 3 Tage
  • What happens when an expectant mother is carrying more than the remaining limits allows?

    theslickmeistertheslickmeisterVor 4 Tage
  • China is pretty much the worst. And these people are taking over the world.

    Aloha AckbarAloha AckbarVor 4 Tage
  • Another terribly one-sided episode by this low-brow comic. He talks about all the ways having fewer children is bad for society and completely ignores every long-term benefit that vastly outweighs the detriments on the whole. If the population reduction implementation is not forcible and a compatible socioeconomic system is paralleled, most of these concerns vanish.

    P.S.Y.P.S.Y.Vor 4 Tage
  • When are you going to talk about the uyghrs

    Political SkepticPolitical SkepticVor 4 Tage
  • Focusing on just one narrow aspect of the gender imbalance: This is precisely what happens when you put more value on one gender over another -- in this case valuing males more than females.

    Thelonestar PelicanThelonestar PelicanVor 4 Tage
  • I can tell you some of the materials in this particular episode are terribly old, though they are still ture to some extent.

    Cheng GongCheng GongVor 5 Tage
  • This policy brought us our beautiful and brilliant daughter. As lovely on the inside as well, soon to finish 2nd year med school. She's living her best life in US!

    Valerie LutterValerie LutterVor 5 Tage
  • Just my opinion, but the Diva cup is a crime to women. Oh I went on many a rant about that.

    Grey_Wolf_tgGrey_Wolf_tgVor 5 Tage
  • I wonder why it's okay to mock lonely men?

    Chestnut BowlChestnut BowlVor 5 Tage
  • compare india to china, heck compare EE block countries to china, guess it worked...china just needs to grant benefits to couples who have girls or no 2 child if only a girl

    Rich 91Rich 91Vor 5 Tage
  • All fake news and fake clips. Why being a Chinese I can't understand one word in your clips.....Am I a fake Chinese?

    lds leelds leeVor 6 Tage
  • Diva cup is real. Sorry John. And sorry to the men that didn't want to know. X)

    Rainbow Tea GamesRainbow Tea GamesVor 6 Tage
  • This episode is one of the best examples I've ever seen of why communism just does not work. How horrible. American may not be perfect but but christ am I glad I grew up in a place that at least strives toward democracy and free market.

    Doqtr ShineDoqtr ShineVor 6 Tage
  • Poor John. Diva cups are real 😂

    Forgotten KingForgotten KingVor 7 Tage
  • 2 child policy should be worldwide. For the sake of the planet

    leon musialleon musialVor 7 Tage
  • Fuck China, hope it dies.

    The WatcherThe WatcherVor 7 Tage
    • Same feeling to the US

      TappaTTappaTVor 4 Tage
  • this is a sad episode

    Chihiro AshaChihiro AshaVor 7 Tage
  • People’s republic of china:*exists* Hong Kong:Eat s**t bob

    super epic gamer 3super epic gamer 3Vor 7 Tage
  • And there are still people lucky enaught to live on west and still praise communism...

    Jan ČernýJan ČernýVor 8 Tage
  • Something disgusting about watching Americans, with their planet destroying environmental footprint, taking China to task over its one child policy. The policy was brutal, and it was done in a callous way. But. It was also a response to a fear about what unbridled growth means for our future, something the US continues to ignore even today, at the deadly cost of future generations. Actually now it's current generations. So climb down off that high horse John.

    mgmgVor 8 Tage
  • My brother was actually born during the one child policy and watching this, I’m not really sure how he exists??? But then again my family was middle class and pretty well off so we probably paid the fine

    Books4ever EverBooks4ever EverVor 8 Tage
  • wow crazy

    Sam TurinSam TurinVor 8 Tage
  • DISCOUNT CHINESE JOHN OLIVER

    ERRORERRORVor 8 Tage
  • John's female writers ribbing him and letting him go on air with plausibly half-serious, incomplete information for the sake of a joke is the kind of hilarity I am here for.

    geniusfollowergeniusfollowerVor 8 Tage
  • There are 34 million more males than females in a country with a population of 1.386 billion. Doesn't seem all that significant to me.

    Bence BálintBence BálintVor 8 Tage
  • Xi Jingping must have been gutted to have to spend time away from Overwatch.

    Rusty ShacklefordRusty ShacklefordVor 9 Tage
  • ... can I just add, as a scientist, rocket science is ironically the easiest science. I wonder why ppl still use it as an idiom, or whatever form of rhetoric ‘it’s not rocket science’ is.

    Ella RoseElla RoseVor 9 Tage
  • Sorry. Can someone explain coz I’m confused. Is 2 now the max or do they want them to have exactly 2? ... I would never want to force it, but wouldn’t a better suggestion be have one child and adopt one child if they’re set on the whole number 2 thing?

    Ella RoseElla RoseVor 9 Tage
  • John is one of the only men that make sense to me on this planet. How does anyone ever equate a person to a doll. Trafficking. I’m so sick of humanity.

    Ella RoseElla RoseVor 9 Tage
  • I’m all for family planning, but on a democratic level... not communist versions. Wow. Why didn’t they get medical scientists and gyno practitioners. ... I cannot un-see that duck.

    Ella RoseElla RoseVor 9 Tage
  • Pizza rat is probably dead

    Tee WadeTee WadeVor 9 Tage
  • Feeling bad for 50Cent right now.

    Rob SRob SVor 9 Tage
  • My husband's aunt had to give birth to her second child in a closet because of police would have killed or aborted her child. His neighbor was kidnapped at 15 to be forced into marriage and not seen again for 10 years when she was finally allowed to see her parents...she came back with her husband guarding her and two children.

    Jayne ZhouJayne ZhouVor 9 Tage
  • You may have some misunderstandings about China. The one-child policy was that the technology was not developed enough and the food was not enough at that time. Think about how many people and how poor China was in 1982. But despite this policy, I still have a younger brother. Don't always look at people with colored glasses

    暗中观察暗中观察Vor 10 Tage
  • Communism looks great.

    Sahelium DSahelium DVor 10 Tage
  • a friend of mine and her sister were adopted because of that policy, im really happy that they got to live in the uk instead of china, if that policy was never in place, they could have been raised in that shithole of a country

    ZurtZurtVor 10 Tage
  • Cool uncensored titty.

    Tzvi EisenmanTzvi EisenmanVor 10 Tage
  • They likely haven't scrapped it completely because then they would have to admit they were never wrong!

    QiennaQiennaVor 10 Tage
  • As a native Chinese speaker I can tell you the translation on 11:00 is wrong. It's something like: I did originally obey the (one-child) policy and did not violate the policy, but they did not let me born my kid. It's just the one who enforce the policy is too left-wing. The second sentence was translated as "The policy is just so senseless." for some reason. Not sure why.

    Yun-chien ChangYun-chien ChangVor 10 Tage
  • comparing waterboarding to water fountain is just like a cork screw duck penise

    YA BOY SAVEYA BOY SAVEVor 10 Tage
  • John Oliver is really angry underneath that smile, and so am I.

    askthepizzaguyaskthepizzaguyVor 10 Tage
  • One wonders what the consequence of killing so many children in utero will be for the western world in 20-30 years for the current generation.

    SpiralPoweredRFSpiralPoweredRFVor 10 Tage
  • He didnt even go into the women that are kidnapped off streets in neighboring countries to be put into forced marriages with Chinese businessmen who cant find Chinese wives.

    SionisticSionisticVor 10 Tage
  • Why don't you ever tell us how you really feel John Oliver

    reikimonsterreikimonsterVor 10 Tage
  • It is not that hard to not get pregnant. Of course there are crazy improbable occurrences, but you have to get very unlucky for that to happen. I'm not even on birth control and haven't gotten pregnant in the entire 10 months since stopping. Condoms & natural family planning are really all you need, birth control was just super-extra protection. Condoms fail, accidents happen. But not to the scale that these dumbass parents want to pretend it is. I only felt sorry for that woman who had a forced abortion due to her husband's previous marriage, that was insane and shouldn't count. "Oh my dumbass got pregnant a third+ time" is just stupid and somebody that unintelligent and poor at planning shouldn't be reproducing anyway.

    Ash KetchupAsh KetchupVor 10 Tage
  • as a Australian the big as snack a spiders was funny as fuck

    Combat_QuokkaCombat_QuokkaVor 11 Tage
  • John is finally trash talking pandas? I salute you sir. Fuck you, you dumb bears.

    Geordie BaileyGeordie BaileyVor 11 Tage
  • Cherry-picked, biased facts (e.g. either very old or individual and not persuasive accounts) to only highlight the downside of the policy. Well, despite your every effort against Donald Trump, you are brewing a group in the country to support him by inundating them with this biased reporting.

    Shiye ZhangShiye ZhangVor 11 Tage
  • My ex boyfriends sex drive is lazier than those Chinese pandas 😂

    Hana DiHana DiVor 11 Tage
  • pro choice at 9 months...? Jw lol

    Raf SimonRaf SimonVor 11 Tage
  • John, how much resources were saved by China having less children? How about giving a little thanks.

    BikemanBikemanVor 11 Tage
    • Bikeman okay Chinese bot

      Books4ever EverBooks4ever EverVor 8 Tage
  • You know what else Chinese government can make a 70 out of? Whinnie the Poohs

    Hufflepuff DragonbornHufflepuff DragonbornVor 11 Tage
  • Why don't they fine the parents that GAVE UP THEIR DAUGHTERS for adoption, and/or DROWNED THE GIRLS they didn't want? KARMA IS A BITCH. SUCK IT UP, SONS ONLY PARENTS

    osiris Blancheosiris BlancheVor 11 Tage
  • They would be grateful because they live in harsh conditions and someone showing genuine concern makes them happy!

    Shashank VenugopalShashank VenugopalVor 11 Tage
  • Per my 30 years plus experiences living in China, people is just a number, a kind of resource to CCP, they don’t give a damn what and how their policy impacts people’s life, which reflects the fact that they are not elected by people. The only thing, only thing they care about is holding onto the power eternally and getting themselves benefit out of it. I guess that is the trait of all authoritarian regimes.

    Eric FuEric FuVor 11 Tage
  • Oh China, showing how Communism can be Great.......NOT.

    The CentreThe CentreVor 11 Tage
  • The woman at 11:05 was saying: "They made a mistake, [my baby was allowed by the policy at the time, not a violation], they didn't let me to keep my child. [IT'S JUST THE LOCAL POLICY ENFORCEMENT OFFICER WAS TO 'LEFT']." The "left" here meant too agressive or extreme to reach the goal of a good cause in Mainland China. The word was popular in 60s-80s, it's a critisism on the method but not the reason. While the subtitle reads: "They made a mistake, [I should have had my baby], they didn't let me to keep my child. [THE POLICY WAS JUST SO SENSELESS]." It might be a small traslation difference, but it change the whole meaning from blaming the local officers to the policy itself. Even today, many Chinese agrees that the policy DID something in preventing a potential famine in 1990s-2000s like N.Korean, when Soviet collapse and the "Freeworld" embargoed China. I guess people in the First World Nations had forgot what famine was, but it's a vaild threat to Chinese in 70s and 80s. I've seen things like this too often, where western media took the words from Chinese and twisted it in translation or editing, so often that I start to feel they're not there by mistake, but intentionaly with an agenda. I'm not saying it's John's fault, I think the ITV footage came like that, but still... I had higher expectation from this comedy show than typical nowaday news. Don't get me wrong, I'm not in favour of the policy, I just sometimes wondered, what should we do to make the western satisfy: they always you're saying the policy is stupid and brutal, yet they keep complaining about there're too many Chinese whom stealing the jobs and using too much resources. Maybe they can never be satisfied, maybe we shouldn't care what the westerns think of us ,not anymore. I know this won't mean anything to John's team or anyone here, but I just want to offer "the other side of the story", which I guess is worth less than a fart in this dangerously divited world.

    李书珂李书珂Vor 11 Tage
    • It's unfortunate that this was a misleading translation, but do you think there is not a woman in China who could have that opinion? People know, this is not a representative survey, but a singular story, one of many who are similar and other stories who will be completely different. It's not like this doesn't matter, but it also doesn't take away from the hearth of the story, the essence of what John Oliver wants to report. And that is: The one child policy was made by bureaucrats who did not consider the human suffering it may cause, and considered the humans who would have to abide by it would be programmable like robots. The policy has been lifted, but the replacement is only slightly better. And you seem to not understand the reason for this kind of show. It's a comedy show, yes, but not the make fun of Chinese people. The viewers generally have empathy, they feel with Chinese (or other countries) people and wish things could be better. Here and in China and everywhere. This is not to criticize to be cruel or mean to others, its to show what could be done better, learning from mistakes of the past. And it doesn't take away appreciation for all the great things China did for humankind, like scientific discoveries and the cultural achievements. Don't worry about "satisfying" westerners, that doesn't matter. We always criticize, others, ourselves and what we love. This is a US who and mainly criticizes the US. Nothing is perfect. For example, i love my child, and i tell her that i lover her, but i will also sometimes criticize her, if i think it is justified and will encourage her to do better. This show and other shows exist because people care about China, even if the reporting is criticizing some things in China.

      Jonathan WulfJonathan WulfVor 3 Tage
    • I think it's pretty cool hearing this side of the story.

      OMGreviewerOMGreviewerVor 9 Tage
  • As some one who speaks Chinese, the blatant mistranslation for your agenda really put me off at 11:11. She said “the people implementing the policy was too egoistic.” Not the policy was senseless. In fact, I would argue the policy itself wasn’t that bad at all. Most of the problems you talk about here came from the lower level implementors’ lack of supervision. In a lot of the cases, they could very well be doing those horrible things out of personal grudges with the family, greed or just sadism. Oh and technically according to the policy, in rural areas if you are assigned farming land, you are allowed multiple children. I guess the implementors didn’t get the memo. They just read the headline and started killing babies.

    Bowman C.Bowman C.Vor 11 Tage
One Child Policy: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)