It’s hard to put into words what runs through the mind when reading Mei Fong’s One Child – a gripping work that delves into China’s infamous policy.

Though the policy was amended last year to allow couples to have two children, the legacy of the one child policy, introduced in 1979, runs deep and has had a huge impact on China’s citizens.

An award-winning journalist formerly of The Wall Street Journal, Fong, 43, combines her reporter’s nous with a fine sense of storytelling to present a remarkable work that takes readers on an unexpected journey through a very real and ruthless world.

Revealing insights into the book (which is reviewed opposite) in an exclusive e-mail interview with Star2, Fong offers a glimpse of life under Beijing’s decades of social engineering.

Read the Q&A here.