Dating show china
Although China launched its ‘opening up’ policies in the late 1970s and re-emphasised marriage freedom and gender equality in the 1980 marriage law, the first girl to appear on was still condemned by her family for losing face in public.
The family’s reaction reflected the continuing traditional belief that women belonged in the domestic sphere and should obey their parents in terms of the marriage decision.
To maintain gender equality, the format rotates every week so male and female contestants will have an equal chance to vie for the affection of parents of the opposite sex.
Hosted by Jin Xing – dubbed China’s ‘transgender Oprah’ – the show has become one of the highest trending topics on weibo since its debut in late December.
The shows also began collaborating with online dating sites to broaden the number of the recipients and partnering with big enterprises to boost advertising revenues.Whether intentional or not, dating shows have also boosted their ratings because of media criticism of the attitudes of some hosts and contestants.Comments such as ‘I’d rather weep in a BMW than laugh on a bike’, ‘I won’t think about it if your monthly salary level is under RMB 200,000’, and ‘I won’t consider those who come from the countryside’ have been strongly condemned for their materialism, self-centredness and discrimination by the younger generation against the poor, and for commercialising and stigmatising the ideal of love and marriage held by earlier generations.In China, urban parks are one of the most popular matchmaking hotspots.
As they stroll after dinner, anxious parents try to identify potential spouses for their marriage-age children.
One reason, says the World Bank, which published a report in 2015 on parental matchmaking in China, is because of the lack of a solid social security system.