Chinese women for dating and marriage

"If a courtship doesn't work out, they don't look for any shortcomings on their part and promptly blame it on the 'overly high standards' of women."But while many of these career-driven, so-called "leftover" women are content being single, their parents often think otherwise.

Yiting Hu, a 26-year-old fashion publicist, has been unwillingly set up by her mother four times since moving home to Shanghai from New York City, where she graduated from fashion school.

But these seniors weren't waiting to take a tai chi class or to make small talk over chess.

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Parents bring along a single sheet of paper containing vital statistics on their child — age, occupation, education, and property ownership are all musts.

Other parents peruse the offerings, and the different parties hash out the specifics of what they are looking for in a future son- or daughter-in-law.

On a sweltering Saturday in late August, a steady stream of senior citizens paraded through Shanghai's People's Park.

Armed with colorful umbrellas and stools, they set up camp along the labyrinth of walkways, rarely looking up from their newspapers or knitting yarn.

According to the latest census data, there are 105 men for every 100 women in the country.

By 2020, the Chinese State Population and Family Planning Commission estimates that there will be 30 million men of marrying age that won't have a partner.

These men have their own unflattering nickname — And according to Fincher, that means ruling out a large subset of men with low regard for women and chauvinistic ideals — summed up as "straight men cancer" in Chinese social media slang.

One major "symptom" of "straight men cancer" is the notion that these women are single because they are holding out for a wealthy husband, according to Jem Yuan, a co-founder of S Club, a social group that organizes get togethers for single women."These men usually lack introspectiveness," Yuan said.

With the help of a family connection, her mother even posted Hu's personal information on the internal discussion board of a prestigious e-commerce company.

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