Because it is physically impossible for Chinese parents not to meddle in their children’s lives, they have, in recent years, taken the business of matchmaking to the mass level, and Shanghai’s “Marriage Market” is the result. Each weekend, thousands of aging baby boomers gather in People’s Square in Shanghai to place ads and spouse-hunt for their children. The ads consist of paper fliers listing the offsprings’ desirable qualities and vital statistics, which invariably include height, education, income, and apartment ownership. Parents mingle with other parents, and, if there is mutual affinity, arrange dates for their respective children, often without their knowledge or consent.
parents perusing ads in People’s Square
male seeking female ad translation:
Some articles about Shanghai’s Marriage Market: