Economic Progress Heightens Marriage Burden

Brooke Larmer of The New York Times chronicles the matchmaking efforts of two men at opposite ends of the wealth spectrum in China, where “love hunters” and other services now dot an evolving marriage landscape:...

Missing Out on a Real Estate Boom

As China sent it’s first female astronaut into space, women were also faced with the issue of forced abortions, which brought the issue of gender equality to attention. There are now reports that the gender gap is further...

Singles Mingle at Shanghai IKEA Cafeteria

Global Times reports on the swarms of middle-aged singles inundating the café at a Shanghai IKEA in search of free coffee and the loves of their lives. “They get real noisy and take up all the seats,” Yin...

New Crackdown on TV Fluff

Undeterred by widespread mockery abroad of guidelines discouraging time travel dramas, Chinese officials are looking for other ways of promoting a more wholesome TV diet as the number of viewers watching entertainment shows...

Tying the Knot from Harbin to Tokyo

Gender imbalance at home may have women in high demand, but that’s not stopping some would-be Chinese brides from looking online and across the sea to Japan — where men of means are in turn seeking them. In fact, as...

Matchmaking Party Targets Millionaires – China Daily

From China Daily (by the way, BMW also stands for “be my wife”): A matchmaking party aimed at pairing up millionaire men with beautiful women will be held on a ship on Shanghai’s Huangpu River on November 25. All of the male participants must have assets worth at least 2 million yuan (US$250,000), and all […]

Group dating takes off in China – BBC News

From BBC News: The mass events, which draw hundreds of single men and women, have climbed in popularity since they were introduced in Chinese cities. One event in Zhejiang in April attracted 12,658 participants, Xinhua news agency said, while 10,000 showed up for another in Shanghai. The events appeal to China’s new ranks of urban […]

Matchmaking Chinese Parents Seek Spouses in Parks – Reuters

From Reuters via The New York Times: Zhang Dianwei is on a mission — to find his daughter a husband. But he’s not turning to the Internet or using a traditional matchmaker. Instead, he goes most Thursdays and Sundays to a park nestled in the shadows of Beijing’s Forbidden City, carrying a printed sheet of […]

China’s ‘asexual marriage’ matchmaking site thrives – Reuters

From Reuters via Online marriage brokers are common in China, but a young Chinese Web site is thriving by turning the traditional idea of marriage on its head. Called Marriage for Asexuals, the site claims to be the first and biggest online marriage broker for “asexual” people in China. It says it has attracted […]

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