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A Look at China’s Ghosts: The One-Child Policy Captured on Canvas

We have written many times in this blog about gendercide – the war against females and the impact on societies. We have also written on the need for artists to speak prophetically to culture. Here is a story that combines the two.

Balladeer and Chinese artist Li Tianbing has powerfully captured in paint his boyhood during the one-child-policy of China. His ghostly images communicate more powerfully than words.

Li’s story reminded me of my first visit to rural China. Posters hung everywhere promoting the “benefits” of having only one child. But the eerie reality confronted me much more vividly: haunting scenes of tiny groups of children playing on the streets and a noticeable absence of little girls.

We now know the colossal unintended consequences of China’s misguided policy. Li says, “My generation is unique, in China and in the world. We were the first not to fully know the meaning of the words ‘brother’ and ‘sister’.”

His generation may have been the first, but it is not the last. As our world hurtles into the tragic, suicidal, aberrant, and dreadful world where people cease to have children, China’s world without brides and without children will become increasingly commonplace. To get a glimpse of this world, go here to read Li’s story and see some of his paintings.

Please pass this link on to others who need to see a picture of the future without families.

For more on Li Tianbing read the Guardian Newspaper article.

If you want to push back against this tragedy, please join with our friends Chai Ling and Brian Lee at All Girls Allowed.

– Darrow Miller

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Darrow is co-founder of the Disciple Nations Alliance and a featured author and teacher. For over 30 years, Darrow has been a popular conference speaker on topics that include Christianity and culture, apologetics, worldview, poverty, and the dignity of women. From 1981 to 2007 Darrow served with Food for the Hungry International (now FH association), and from 1994 as Vice President. Before joining FH, Darrow spent three years on staff at L’Abri Fellowship in Switzerland where he was discipled by Francis Schaeffer. He also served as a student pastor at Northern Arizona University and two years as a pastor of Sherman Street Fellowship in urban Denver, CO. In addition to earning his Master’s degree in Adult Education from Arizona State University, Darrow pursued graduate studies in philosophy, theology, Christian apologetics, biblical studies, and missions in the United States, Israel, and Switzerland. Darrow has authored numerous studies, articles, Bible studies and books, including Discipling Nations: The Power of Truth to Transform Culture (YWAM Publishing, 1998), Nurturing the Nations: Reclaiming the Dignity of Women for Building Healthy Cultures (InterVarsity Press, 2008), LifeWork: A Biblical Theology for What You Do Every Day (YWAM, 2009), Rethinking Social Justice: Restoring Biblical Compassion (YWAM, 2015), and more. These resources along with links to free e-books, podcasts, online training programs and more can be found at Disciple Nations Alliance (https://disciplenations.org).


  1. Jon

    May 25, 2012 - 3:54 am

    We just had a “Worldview Transformation Discussion Night” and we talked about the book of Genesis and God’s plan for the human race.

    “It is not good for man to be alone.” Then God made the woman.

    We need women. We need families.

    • admin

      May 25, 2012 - 8:24 am

      Yes, John, exactly. I find it striking how God took Adam through the naming of all the animals to demonstrate so compellingly his need for a companion, which need He met with the creation of the woman.

      Thanks for your comment.

      – Gary Brumbelow