Chinese idea of dating
Many point to globalization as affecting more than just relationships, rather deeply changing common Chinese values and culture.
The declining birth rate in China might be less policy-driven than initially suspected.
While old streets were giving way to new skyscrapers, it was not the visual changes that caught her attention.
Rather, she watched on as the increasingly international city absorbed new cultures and ideas into its already complex history.
While all contestants must be fluent in Mandarin, according to Han, several non-Asian candidates have applied.
For Chinese contestants and their parents, such diversity might not be easy to take.
The trend has been more divergent than expected, with the ratio of males to females at birth rising from 116.9 boys per 100 girls in 2000 to 118.1 boys per 100 girls in 2011, according to China’s 2010 census.
As Tan’s friends pine, a popular belief among China’s young people is that the one-child policy is the root of their loneliness.
After the one-child policy was implemented in 1978 to curb a rapidly growing population, the majority of Chinese families were restricted to having only one child, bringing with it a series of social consequences.
“These single children are their parent’s only hope financially and emotionally so the children experience a sense of shame if they fail,” Fong explains.
“With a strong culture emphasizing filial devotion, what children owe their parents is sort of unquestioned.