Every individual knew their place and fulfilled their role.
Marriage was a pragmatic agreement reached between two sets of parents to ensure heirs for the groom’s family.
Those who do not comply are known as or “leftover women”, a phrase that has connotations of leftover, unwanted food.
In rural areas, women may be considered leftover at 25; in larger cities it kicks in closer to 30. Although marriages are no longer arranged, they are heavily monitored.
Instead of wearing a low-cut top and necklace, she stows away her cleavage and dons a demure sweater and scarf.Animated, affable and razor sharp, she graduated at the top of her high-school class and then left China to study at Yale, where she earned a and a graduate qualification in law.She worked briefly at a New York City law firm before feeling the pull of home – like most Chinese her age she is an only child – and moved back to be closer to her parents.Families pin all hopes of their future livelihood on single daughters just as they do on their sons.Since China has no adequate welfare system, parents rely on adult children to care for them in their old age.
They were pushed to study, succeed and achieve as only boys had done before them.