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This is an interesting article coming out of the South China Morning Post (SCMP). Despite the fact that attitudes and ideas of what marriage is have been slow to change in China, there has been some progress and this is quite significant, according to research by the institute of sociology under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. SCMP continues:

Just 13 per cent of marriages recorded in the 1990s involved a younger groom. So far in the 2010s, that figure has rocketed to more than 40 per cent.

Better educational and employment opportunities for women, as well as a severe gender imbalance were all contributing to the decline of a centuries-old tradition that deemed Chinese husbands must be older than their wives, the study said.

Zhu’s daughter Yang Siwei is living proof of how attitudes in one Chinese family have been transformed in just a generation. The 31-year-old public relations manager at a tech start-up in Shanghai is married to a man four years her junior.


“For my mum’s generation, older, successful men were considered the best husband material,” Yang said.

“Husbands were used to being in control of their wives, but in my generation, that’s not so. Love has nothing to do with money, education or age, but is about sharing and a relationship of equals.”

I think this is very significant considering China like many parts of Asia still hold very patriarchal values and morals. The fact that women in China are now more independent financially makes them more mobile and empowered to make choices which traditionally are frowned upon. This is an awesome step in the right direction and let’s hope this trend continues.

Images via SCMP

To read the full article, please click on: No country for older men: China’s better educated, well-paid women are opting for younger husbands

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