Eugenics in Singapore

Allan Hanson (hanson@KUHUB.CC.UKANS.EDU)
Thu, 31 Oct 1996 16:06:31 -0600

In the early 1980s the Singapore government under Prime Minister Lee Kuan
Yew established a program of eugenics by encouraging desirable people
(the highly educated) to reproduce and discouraging undesirable ones (low
education) from doing so (C. K. Chan, "Eugenics on the Rise: a Report
from Singapore," Int'l Jnl of Health Sciences 15:707-712, 1985). In that
essay Chan also mentions eugenic policies in China.

Does anyone have any information about the status of such eugenic
programs today? Have they had any impact? Are they still in effect?
References, other information would be much appreciated. And thanks very

Allan Hanson