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Love Comes with a Price Tag, and a Return Policy Too: Controversy over New Marriage Law Interpretations

August 19, 2011

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“Marriage Law Interpretations, the Third Edition,” (Interpretations) recently issued by the Supreme Court and effective since August 13, 2011, is perhaps the most controversial Marriage Law interpretations in China. According to the Interpretations: In case of paternity testing, refusal of testing establishes the other party’s position; Yields and accretions of premarital personal property is not considered […]

Naked Marriage: What’s Real?

July 10, 2011

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Traditionally, marriage is an important mark of maturity and accomplishment for Chinese. Marriage, to many Chinese, doesn’t only requires “love,” a more or less abstract concept, but other conditions such as material means and the responsibility to produce offspring for the family. However, before China’s economy took off in the 1990s, Chinese didn’t have much, […]

5.20, “Wo Ai Ni”: Netizens “Getting Married” Online on Web Valentine’s Day

May 20, 2011

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In Chinese, the pronunciation of “520” sounds like “wo ai ni” or “I love you.” That’s why netizens in China chose May 20th as the unofficial Web Valentine’s Day. This morning, on Sina Microblog, or Sina Weibo, more than a million netizens are getting married on Sina Weibo‘s marriage registration page. The page banner reads: […]

Holy Goddesses of China Trampling Men, and Singing Too

May 12, 2011

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The term shengnu has been around for a while. It first appeared online and was listed as one of the 171 new words of 2007 by the Ministry of Education in China. Literally, shengnu means “leftover woman,” but, as a wordplay, it also sounds like “holy goddess.” This term is used by Chinese to refer to single women […]