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Male babies in China now outnumber girls by a ratio of 112 to 100; some researchers say it's 117 to 100.

" It's an unusual sentiment to hear in China, a country whose traditional preference for boys combined with its stringent population control policy limiting urban couples to one child has resulted in an inconvenient shortage of women and wives.

Self-assured, physically strong, emotionally direct, we see her singing and dancing, and rowing across a deep blue lake. Clovis, CAI wish America would be more like the Mosou peoples. I just discovered your site, and I am going to email the story to my daughter and her three brothers.

In 2004, we sponsored Zhou on such a trek as part of our FRONTLINE/World Fellows program for promising journalism students. In the 1970s, a road was built into the mountainous area where the Mosuo live. But, since then, it has opened up to the outside world, and in recent years, the Chinese have marketed the area -- particularly the beautiful Lugu Lake region -- as a tourist destination.

About FRONTLINE/World Fellows This week's Rough Cut -- Xiaoli Zhou's "The Women's Kingdom" -- is a production of the FRONTLINE/World Fellows program, our ongoing effort to identify and mentor the next generation of video and print journalists to report international news. Not only that, but the women love to work and want to and not a sad face in the bunch!

This story from China completes our most recent round of Fellows reports, which also included journeys to Guatemala, Kashmir, Afghanistan, Haiti and across Europe by train from Istanbul to Paris. We recently awarded travel grants to another group of journalism students from U. Berkeley and Columbia who are setting off to Italy, Brazil, Colombia, Japan, China, Pakistan and Uganda. Carolin Mc Manus - Dowell, Maryland Zhou has created a well-balanced and beautifully presented cultural story here. What made me the happiest was to see a part of China where girls are welcome and no female infant has to be abandoned!

The last urban legend tells that Mosuo men don’t need to work, they rest all day and keep their energy for the night visits to their lovers.

The reality is that men deal with do the fishing, farming, slaughter and preservation of the meat for the winter.

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