China has undertaken a project to make their “slogans” for the One Child Policy sound better to the ear. Well, at least that’s their goal. According to the BBC News, China’s Communist Party conducted research on the slogans found around China concerning the policy.
Research by China’s National Population and Family Planning Commission, published in the People’s Daily, concluded that a quarter of slogans posted in furtherance of its policies had been crude and harsh in the past. It described some as spine-chilling.
Among the examples it cited were, “Kill all your family if you don’t follow the rule” and, “If you escape (sterilisation), we’ll hunt you down; if you want to hang yourself, we’ll give you the rope”.
The research said milder expressions should be used to “avoid offending the public and stoking social tensions”.
Of course, the Chinese media—which is the government’s media—blamed officials in local areas for the unpalatable slogans. They also ensured that everyone knows the One Child Policy will go nowhere. According to those in power in China, the policy is there to stay. Read more China Attempts to Make One Child Policy More Palatable