“Everyone in our film actually said that the policy was necessary, including my own mom,” Wang said in January during a PBS press conference at the Television Critics Association 2020 winter press tour. “My mom said … that if there weren't the policy, that people would have starved to death. … Sociologists and economists have been debating that if China had not had the policy, … if [women] were allowed [an] education and to pursue [a] career, the population would decrease as a natural result versus this state‑forced law.”
Wang said fallout from the policy continues to ripple out.
“China now is suffering from the shrinking of the workforce, which means the economy cannot be sustainable in the next decades or so,” she said in January prior to the widespread outbreak of the coronavirus in China. “That's why the one‑child policy ended.”