Marriage Market in Shanghai

“Chinese parents often say that seeing their children married and their grandchildren born are their final tasks in life, and at the marriage market they take personal charge of that mission.”(Sheehan, M. 2015)

This is the Shanghai marriage market,  people call the “blind date corner”. Every weekend, a lot of  parents will come here to arrange blind date for their unmarried children. If both parents find a pairing that seems like it may work, they swap contact information and try to set the kids up on a blind date.

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  • Reflection

It seems to these parents are selling their daughter in this marriage market. These parents present their child’s personal information, look for a right person to match their children’s conditions.

“In Chinese culture, respecting your parents is the most important.” It explained the biggest pressure on Chinese single women to get married. However, my point of view is that stress is disrespectful towards the marriage and our own life. We don’t need to get married just for the sake of marriage. As a  woman has right to choose her path and take control of her own destiny.

 

References

Sheehan, M. (2015). Tinder Has Nothing on Shanghai’s Bustling Marriage Market. [online] The Huffington Post. Available at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/07/welcome-to-the-shanghai-marriage-market_n_7018038.html

 

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