Monday, November 22, 2004
Taiwanification of Chinese brides
If re-unification pressure doesn't start a war between Taiwan and China, the Taiwanification of Chinese brides certainly could. Chinese men are going to have a hard enough time finding marriagable women as the gender gap continues to catch up with the Chinese population as it ages-- without wealthy Taiwanese suitors making off with their young ladies. This story about increasing cross-strait marriages adds a whole new element to the conflict between Taiwan and mainland China
From the Los Angeles Times (free subscription required to read the entire article)
Unions Across a DivideMr. Yu may well have to eat his words. The march of time bringing the mainland Chinese gender gap to a head will soon prove this to be a risky philosphy, as this report from the from the Detroit Free Press, which is echoed in somewhat less drastic terms in China Daily, cautions.
China now has the most serious problems with gender imbalance in the world. The nation has 12.7 million more boys than girls under age 9. By 2020, it may have 30 million to 40 million restless young men unable to find spouses.The gender gap, blamed on the combination of the one-child policy in China (though China Daily scoffs at this, of course) and the traditional preference for male offspring are going to make for overheated tempers if Taiwanese men continue to cherry-pick brides from the mainland.
Thanks to my dear friend and colleague Marc Shnapp for the email tip on this one.
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