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Name that child: Chinese officials offer bonus for mother's moniker

Published on Aug 1, 2014 5:51 PM
File picture of a woman holds her baby as she waits in Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport in Zhengzhou, central China's Henan province. China suffers from a huge gender imbalance as a result of sex-selective abortions and the strict family-planning law known as the one-child policy. Female infanticide and the abandoning of baby girls have also been reported.--PHOTO: AFP 

BEIJING (AFP) - Chinese parents are being offered cash rewards to give their newborn children the mother's last name, a report said Friday, in an unusual attempt to address the traditional preference for sons.

Women who marry in China keep their own surnames, but their children almost invariably take the father's name and ensure its continuation into the next generation.

Now officials in Changfeng county in the eastern province of Anhui are giving 1,000 yuan (S$202) to couples who take part in the "surname reform" plan, the Jianghuai Morning Post reported.

They hope the move will help to gradually change the common perception that giving birth to a son is preferable to having a daughter, it said, and nearly 30 couples have already volunteered.

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