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Vietnam: “Missing Daughters” A Problem

November 2, 2007

by Frank Zeller

HANOI (AFP) – Vietnam‘s birth ratio has become skewed toward boys, a trend that population experts are blaming on a traditional preference for male offspring and the availability of abortion and ultrasound fetal scans.

The international ratio at birth is about 105 boys for every 100 girls, but in Vietnam — in an echoe of trends in China and India — the imbalance has grown to 110-100 and is as high as 120-100 in some provinces.

The “missing daughters” phenomenon, experts fear, may worsen in the current lunar Year of the Golden Pig, deemed a very auspicious time to have a son in Vietnam, a traditionally Confucian country.

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