Xiao San – Empowerment of Chinese women or keeping them 'small'? 06-09-2012
Among several slang terms that mean 'mistress', xiao san (小三, 'little third') has caught most public attention in recent years. While Chinese society regards 'xiao san' as a negative modern development, it also accepts it as a strong motif of modern urban environments. And even if Chinese tradition strongly opposes the permissive practice of 'xiao san', it is Chinese tradition that made 'xiao san' what it is, a distinct form of 'mistress' from the one that exists in Western societies.
Sheng Nü – 'Leftover Women' - The thin line between women independence and social disgrace 07-04-2012

The amusing, yet derogatory slang expression "sheng nü" puts Chinese women in a confusing limbo where they are left to ponder how to maintain a modern lifestyle without endangering social norms and tradition?

Konggui Zu: Youngsters' fear of returning home for the Chinese New Year as a natural response to traditional and popular values 21-01-2012
In days when everything is colored red and traditional family values intertwine with commercial campaigns, stressing the importance of a happy New Year's family reunion, some young Chinese find it harder to make the shift between their daily life and the festive event, sensing the emotional challenges Spring Festival is bringing about.
裸婚, Naked Marriage - Surrendering to romantic love, not anticipating a pink future 22-07-2011
裸= nude, 婚=marry; 'marrying naked', without money, an apartment or whatever necessities a new family requires... The 裸婚 luohun couples manage to promote romantic love, oppose some traditional concepts, while still avoid much of the criticism directed at the Chinese post-80s generation, as it is acknowledged that the conditions of 21st century China often do not provide them with better alternatives.
Lala Land – Challenges of lesbianism in China 13-07-2011
While social changes are in their favor, some 21st century conditions actually add pressure on gay-female Chinese who wish to get out of the closet and burn it down
Rising Divorce rates in China– Is marriage the grave of love? 05-06-2011
Divorce rates in China are on the rise. Although this phenomenon is often associated with modernization and a capitalist lifestyle it could also be suggested that some traditional Chinese conceptions actually promote the deterioration of the marriage institute.
The social pressure that kills romance 23-05-2011
In China, the quest for stability and parent approval when choosing a spouse sneaks in much earlier dating stages than it does in the West. Are such pressures significantly more intense in China or are they universal factors that simply arise earlier in China, as a part of a realistic approach?
Renting a Girl for the New Year – Comforting Parents, Elevating Self-Esteem 05-02-2011
"租女友回家过年", renting a girlfriend for the Chinese new year and taking her to meet the parents, is a practice that reveals the dating difficulties some Chinese men experience and it also indicates about some features of parent-child relationship in China.
Shanhun 'Lightening-Speed-Marriages' – A Phenomenon which Keeps Divorce Rates on the Rise 12-08-2010
Early to marry, early to divorce - Many of China's young couples celebrate their love by rushing to marry, and become a traget of family and public criticism.
Romantic Materialism 11-08-2010
Are couples in China nowadays less into romantic love and are more focused on material benefits? Were the early days of the PRC filled with romance or rather suppressing sexuality? Here are some key events in the in the development of the marriage institution and related norms in China in the last several decades.
Preference of a Son - A tendency preserved mainly by women? 06-05-2010

While women's status in China is improving, in some households parents still prefer male offspring. More suprising is the fact that women who have experienced discrimination in the past and wish to create a different reality for their children, often, in fact, preserve the attitude of prefering a son over a daughter.



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