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Culture and policy explain why sex ratios are skewed in Asia

Patriarchal societies translate to a preference for boys in China and India

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An elderly farmer walks through his field with his two grandsons on the outskirts of the city of Weifang, Shandong Province.   © Reuters

TOKYO Asia's recent demographic upheaval is well documented: Rapid economic development and urbanization over recent decades have pushed up life expectancy, leading to aging populations and the array of socioeconomic challenges that quickly follow suit.

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