Vietnam’s gender imbalance hits all-time high

At a conference last week, Duong Quoc Trong, director of Vietnam’s Department for Population and Family Planning, expressed alarm at the marked rise in the country’s gender imbalance. Though Vietnam has struggled with a disproportionate ratio of boys to girls for years, the first six months of 2014 saw a notable uptick, rising from 112 to 114.3 males per 100 females in less than a year. As a result, over four million Vietnamese men will find themselves without a wife by 2050.

Photo: Dao Ngoc Thach