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Unnatural Selection: The Causes and Consequences of Asia's Sex Ratio Imbalance<br>

Thursday, September 29, 2011
12:00 AM
4th floor Forum Hall, U-M Palmer Commons, 100 Washtenaw Avenue

A public lecture
by Mara Hvistendahl, correspondent with Science magazine and a contributor to publications ranging from Foreign Policy to Popular Science. She is also the author of Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men.

Sponsors: Center for Chinese Studies, Center for International and Comparative Studies, Center for South Asian Studies, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Nam Center for Korean Studies
Sex-selective abortion and other forms of sex selection have spread across Asia in the past three decades, with the result that an estimated 160 million females are missing from the continent's population. Significantly skewed sex ratios at birth have been observed in other regions as well. That gap is yielding dramatic consequences, including the buying of brides from poorer regions and countries, an increase in sex trafficking, and rising social instability.