Due to shortage of female in China, a strange thing is happening over there. This is from the old LaoPlanet forum, an interesting article in a Dutch newspaper, and was translated by Nexus on August 30, 2006 in regarding to the shortage of female in China, ‘Since the eighties, a huge surplus of men build up in China and other Asian countries. This is the result of a traditional preference for male offspring and the modern ability to detect the gender of a fetus in an early stage. As a consequence of selective abortion and the neglect of female infants, the natural ratio between boys and girls has been distorted. In parts of China and India the surplus of boys/men has risen to 12 – 15% of the total population.’ You can see where the problem would arise due to this ‘male’ son mentality.
For Chinese people, Chinese New Year is considered their New Year, this coming year falls on February 18, 2007, and it’ll be the year of the golden Pig. Chinese New Year starts with the New Moon on the first day of the new year and ends on the full moon 15 days later, the last day is called the Lantern Festival, which is celebrated at night with lantern displays and children carrying lanterns in a parade. New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are celebrated as a family affair, a time of reunion and thanksgiving. The celebration is traditionally highlighted with a religious ceremony given in honor of Heaven and Earth, the gods of the household and the family ancestors.
My dad is Chinese, and the sacrifice to the ancestors is the most important ritual for us as long as I can remember. He would place the pictures of my grandfather and grandmother on the table for display on New Year’s Eve with a meal prepared for them but we get to eat it after the ceremony. Chinese people believe that departed relatives and ancestors are remembered with great respect because they were responsible for laying the foundations for the fortune and glory of the family.
Presently Chinese New Year is also the occasion of family get together, which most parents want to see their future daughter in-law or son in-law. Therefore, to be a good son, all sons will try to find a girlfriend to bring home to show off to their parents and relatives. Due to shortage of female in China, there are fewer girls to go around. If you are a guy living in China and doesn’t have a girlfriend, what would you do?
This is an update from Kwanreun Magazine written in Thai language, that there’s a company that does match making in China that come up with the idea that they open another service just for the occasion. For those single guys out that that need an instant girlfriend to bring home can go to this place and rent a date or girlfriend for Chinese New Year. It cost approximately 300 Yuan per day, ($38.44 per day) so this coming Chinese New Year there might be many guys out there that will need to use this service.
It’s funny that people would go to the extreme and having to pay some money just to bring someone home to show off to their parents and relatives. I guess some guy would do anything to make their parents happy and to show that they are good sons, and also trying to avoid being set up or arrange marriage later. Therefore, this service is probably the best solution for those single guys in China at the moment.