Vital Signs October 1998 Why Asian Population Growth Is Grinding Down By Virginia Deane Abernethy Asia's currencies will not be the only things plummeting. Look next for a decline in fertility rates (the number of births per woman) in the countries affected by Asia's financial meltdown. To read the full article, please sign in or create a free account to view Chronicles content for 30 days. Virginia Deane Abernethy Virginia Deane Abernethy is the author of Population Politics (reprinted in 1999). Citations for the data from the 1970’s may be found in her book, Population Pressure and Cultural Adjustment (1979).