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Old 12-13-2013, 04:09 AM
 
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In Mainland China, parents are more concern with their children's marriage when they reach "marriage age", the old tradition of matching is still common for those without a bf/gf. There are even tv programmes where young people meet and introduce themselves to opposite sex, live on tv, most of the girls participating are quite pretty, probably to increase tv audience.

Matching is much less popular in HK & Taiwan, which are more western than Mainland China.
HK, Taiwanese and Mainland China cities' men find rural girls less educated, value money greatly, depend greatly on husband, sometimes lack manners and hygiene. Rural Chinese are quite different from people growing up in cities and HK & Taiwan. Parents of city men maybe upset if their sons want to marry a rurual girl, due to face and city people feeling superior in the hierarchy. And also, due to face again, some parents may support or upset if their children want to marry a foreigner.

Urban or rural, men's level of wealth or earning ability maybe, though not always, an important factor for the girl to consider. But a lot of rural girls guess their chance of marrying a wealthy man is slim so not mind if her husband is an average man from the same village/county. City's men are considered educated and modern, and city's wages are higher.

In Mainland China, lefover people are considered odds, very unattractive or have problems, parents are upset if their children don't want to marry.
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Old 12-13-2013, 04:30 AM
 
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HK & Taiwan are different than Mainland China in many ways, many rural Mainland Chinese are not aware of that.

And City people in Mainland China are more western or international, the preference for boys maybe stronger in Rural China, less so in the cities.

I know an average-looking guangdong woman around 30 yrs old said she settle for her current husband, from the same county, her husband not so good in her opinion, but it's time for her to marry since she is "getting old". She has dated only once before, and the current husband met by matching.

There is the general opinion in HK, the women think HK men are not good, and vice versa.
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Old 12-13-2013, 04:39 AM
 
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How can that be? Saudi Arabia has 135 men for every 100 women.

http://www.unfpa.org/gender/docs/Sex...ry_in_2013.pdf
Saudi Women can marry only Saudi men, but Saudi men can marry anyone they please. The dowry for a bride from Jordan, Lebanon, or other country is much lower than the bride price in Saudi, so many, many Saudi women never get an offer to marry.

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Old 12-13-2013, 03:20 PM
 
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Saudi Women can marry only Saudi men, but Saudi men can marry anyone they please. The dowry for a bride from Jordan, Lebanon, or other country is much lower than the bride price in Saudi, so many, many Saudi women never get an offer to marry.
If what you say is true then I might have to buy a couple. Still though, the men are obviously not bringing the women into Saudi from Lebanon or Jordan. Otherwise the ratio would not be so skewed. I always figured that region's instability was somewhat tied to the lack of women and the polygamy laws.
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Old 12-13-2013, 09:54 PM
 
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I'm surprised to hear its a problem in taiwan, and still skeptical. The media can publish anything and twist stats to fit their agenda. Population graphs do not show anything like china, india or the middle east. Taiwan is becoming more prosperous and women are as economically capable as men. There's no culture of women being dependant housewives as is the case in japan, so I see no real reason for the preference for sons with the current generation.
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Old 12-13-2013, 11:43 PM
 
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I'm surprised to hear its a problem in taiwan, and still skeptical. The media can publish anything and twist stats to fit their agenda. Population graphs do not show anything like china, india or the middle east. Taiwan is becoming more prosperous and women are as economically capable as men. There's no culture of women being dependant housewives as is the case in japan, so I see no real reason for the preference for sons with the current generation.
Southeast China does have a more severe imbalance than most other places.
Guangdong, Guangxi, and Fujian all have higher sex ratios than China's average.
So it may have something to do with local cultures.
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Old 12-14-2013, 07:40 AM
 
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Southeast China does have a more severe imbalance than most other places.
Guangdong, Guangxi, and Fujian all have higher sex ratios than China's average.
So it may have something to do with local cultures.
That's counterintuitive as they're among the wealthiest, most developed and most modern provinces.
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Old 12-14-2013, 10:03 AM
 
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Guangxi, and rural Guangdong and Fujian are not rich.
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Old 12-14-2013, 10:08 AM
 
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If what you say is true then I might have to buy a couple.
You can't unless you're a Saudi man. That's the problem. The dowry for a Saudi bride is ten times what it is for a bride from another moslem country, and most young Saudi men can't afford it. They marry a woman from Jordan or Lebanon instead who is usually better educated anyway. If you are Saudi, go ahead and get four of them while they are on sale, and before they reach middle age.

Growing number of unmarried Saudi women

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Old 12-14-2013, 10:24 AM
 
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Don't the laws of economics apply to Saudi women?
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