Image for representation. She worked for a foreign trade company in China's southern metropolis of Guangzhou, earned a decent income and spent her weekends hanging out with friends. But to Su and her parents, there was one problem -- she was single. When it loomed closer, I came under tremendous pressure to find the right person to marry -- both from my parents and myself," she said.
Residents’ Intermarriage behavior in Guangzhou, China in Last 60 Years
The metropolis has experienced large influx of migrants since the reform and opening to outside world policy was introduced. Questionnaire survey was done in December Results indicate : a marriage frequency over distance follows the rule of distance decay ; b average marriage distance of each decade undergoes wide V-shape trend from s to s ; c strong sense of city hierarchy in intermarriage ; d Internet increasingly becomes one of the important agents and shows the longest effective distance compared to other marriage agents ; e county boundary and provincial boundary are the most important geographical boundaries in mating. Whether the findings demonstrate a common picture of love map of metropolis or just a unique local practice, case studies from other places in China are expected for comparison analysis. We would like to acknowledge the insightful comments by the two anonymous referees on an earlier version of the paper. Whether the group is defined by religion, race, social class, or other difference, the difference is a barrier that is not easy to cross.
In China, there is a name for unmarried men over China has many millions more men than women, a hangover of the country's one-child policy, which was overturned in , though its effects will last decades more. The gender imbalance is making it hard for many men to find a partner — and the gap is likely to widen. In his book, The Demographic Future, American political economist Nicholas Eberstadt cites projections that by , more than a quarter of Chinese men in their 30s will not have married.
The number of single adults keeps growing in China, especially in big cities. Experts predict that a "single boom" will soon hit the country. Photo: IC.