The parents are very anxious

China parents matchmaking

Erica Bray At both markets, a gentle hum of conversations filled the air, with people assessing prospects and taking notes. It was fascinating to observe this matchmaking phenomenon. Fang Bin, in Shanghai, met his wife in at a blind date arranged by his parents.

Now more women seek to find a responsible man with personal integrity instead of just a high paying job. Permanent residence or a house in a major city, overseas education or a car are seen as selling points and parents of such well-endowed candidates are much pickier. Like exchanging phone numbers instead of emails, and talking instead of texting. It's not that you have to marry someone at a certain age, or you are unhappy.

Yep, salaries are advertised loud and clear. China's long idealized tradition of continuing their family lineage is very important within Chinese culture.

They are married now and raising a son. The parents are very anxious. The goal is to arrange a first date.

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