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Article: The influence of the Chinese zodiac on fertility in Hong Kong SAR

TitleThe influence of the Chinese zodiac on fertility in Hong Kong SAR
Authors
KeywordsBirth timing
Chinese astrology
Chinese zodiac
Fertility
Hong Kong SAR
Issue Date2002
PublisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/socscimed
Citation
Social Science And Medicine, 2002, v. 55 n. 10, p. 1803-1812 How to Cite?
AbstractThe annual total of births in Hong Kong SAR fell substantially in the past 20 years; hence the total fertility rate (TFR) followed the downward trend and dropped to a low of 0.9 below replacement level in 2000. Despite the long-term downward trend, short-run increases in the annual total of births and the TFR were exhibited. Such temporary fertility increases are identified in the Dragon Years of 1988 and 2000. The phenomenon of fertility changes associated with zodiacal animal years is examined in this paper with a view to gaining some insight into whether Chinese cultural preferences and folklore beliefs might have influenced prospective parents' reproductive behaviour. The paper explains the underlying philosophy of the Chinese astrological tradition and discusses how zodiacal preferences affect fertility between 1976 and 2000. The paper also explores why zodiacal influences on Chinese fertility before 1976 did not exist. It is unquestionable that the Dragon Year preference exerts an influence on fertility of modern Chinese populations through zodiacal birth-timing motivations. Birth rate rise in the Dragon Year is due to changes in timing of births that will have little effect on cumulative fertility. © 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/82842
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2015 Impact Factor: 2.814
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.894
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dc.contributor.authorYip, PSFen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLee, Jen_HK
dc.contributor.authorCheung, YBen_HK
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dc.date.issued2002en_HK
dc.identifier.citationSocial Science And Medicine, 2002, v. 55 n. 10, p. 1803-1812en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0277-9536en_HK
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dc.description.abstractThe annual total of births in Hong Kong SAR fell substantially in the past 20 years; hence the total fertility rate (TFR) followed the downward trend and dropped to a low of 0.9 below replacement level in 2000. Despite the long-term downward trend, short-run increases in the annual total of births and the TFR were exhibited. Such temporary fertility increases are identified in the Dragon Years of 1988 and 2000. The phenomenon of fertility changes associated with zodiacal animal years is examined in this paper with a view to gaining some insight into whether Chinese cultural preferences and folklore beliefs might have influenced prospective parents' reproductive behaviour. The paper explains the underlying philosophy of the Chinese astrological tradition and discusses how zodiacal preferences affect fertility between 1976 and 2000. The paper also explores why zodiacal influences on Chinese fertility before 1976 did not exist. It is unquestionable that the Dragon Year preference exerts an influence on fertility of modern Chinese populations through zodiacal birth-timing motivations. Birth rate rise in the Dragon Year is due to changes in timing of births that will have little effect on cumulative fertility. © 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/socscimeden_HK
dc.relation.ispartofSocial Science and Medicineen_HK
dc.subjectBirth timingen_HK
dc.subjectChinese astrologyen_HK
dc.subjectChinese zodiacen_HK
dc.subjectFertilityen_HK
dc.subjectHong Kong SARen_HK
dc.titleThe influence of the Chinese zodiac on fertility in Hong Kong SARen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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