Why so many epidemics originate in Asia and Africa – and why we can expect more

Suresh V Kuchipudi | 18 March 2020 | FEATURES |  
tags: Africa, Asia, Coronavirus, urbanisation

Asian fertility video

Marcus Roberts | 21 November 2013 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: Asia, China, fertility rate, Germany, Iran, Russia, sex ratio

An Asian population spike

Shannon Roberts | 21 January 2013 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: Asia, birth rates, Year of the Dragon
In Taiwan, between January and September 2012, births were up 14.5 percent versus the same period in 2011. Vietnam saw an additional 61,375 babies born in the first five months of 2012—a spike of 13.5 percent from the previous year. Similar statistics are not yet available for China, but a dip in the birthrate in 2011—a mere rabbit year—suggests that couples may have been postponing procreation, says the University of North Carolina demographer Cai Yong (whose own dragon baby was born last February).

United Nations addresses falling Asian fertility and sex imbalance

Shannon Roberts | 10 September 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: Asia, Fertility, Sex Imbalance, United Nations
Even the United Nations, with its dire statistics about the number of babies overpopulating the earth, is now becoming worried about falling fertility rates and gender imbalance in Asia. The head of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) called for countries to urgently tackle population concerns with “foresight and justice” at the Asian Population Association conference held late last month. The question will be just what the well recognised virtue, ‘justice’, means in practice.

Are Asian women really rejecting marriage?

David Quinn | 26 August 2011 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: Asia, marriage, women
David Quinn of the Iona Institute in Ireland has a different take on The Economist's story...

Asian marriage in trouble

Carolyn Moynihan | 24 August 2011 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: Asia, demography, family values
Asian marriage is in the news, with The Economist reporting on “the flight from marriage” in that part of the world and the London Telegraph noting the materialism which is delaying marriages in China.

Growing old in Asia

Marcus Roberts | 06 April 2011 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: Ageing, Asia, population
It seems that the issue of population ageing and decline is getting more and more media coverage.

Time for the good news on poverty

Michael Kirke | 01 February 2011 | FEATURES |  
tags: Africa, aid, Asia, poverty
Despite all the bad economic news since the Great Recession hit, there is some spectacularly good news on poverty

Could the Asian Schuman please stand up?

Margriet Krijtenburg | 11 March 2009 | FEATURES |  
tags: Asia, Christianity, European Union, Robert Schuman
Southeast Asian nations aspire to EU-style economic union, but do they have what it takes?

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