Jiayuan has a system allowing people to verify their biographies with copies of pay stubs, government I. You get extra stars beside your name based on the number of documents you send.
As with so much of business in China, a key aspect of online dating involves ensuring authenticity.
In contrast to online dating in the United States and Europe – where people turn to the Internet to increase choice – Evan Osnos writes in The New Yorker this week about how Chinese netizens use dating sites to narrow their choices.
“I once watched a twenty-three-year-old woman search for dates in Beijing, where there are four hundred thousand male users,” the chief engineer from Jiayuan told Osnos.
James Farrer, a sociologist at Sophia University, in Tokyo, who studies Chinese dating habits, calls this phenomenon “a bubble in the marriage market.” New Chinese terms have cropped up: a man without a house, a car, and a nest egg is a “triple without.” If he gets married, it’s a “naked wedding.”,” Osnos writes A comparative look at European vs Chinese love stories: “Love stories didn’t become popular in China until the twentieth century, after European novels inspired a genre called “butterfly romance,” in which the lovers all “weep a great deal,” according to Haiyan Lee, at Stanford. While European protagonists occasionally found happiness, Chinese lovers succumbed to forces beyond their control: meddling parents, disease, a miscommunication.
Some great details on bachelors without assets: “According to a poll reported last year by Xinhua, the state news service, although only ten per cent of men on Jiayuan own a home, nearly seventy per cent of women said they wouldn’t marry a man without one.
Explaining China to a Western audience with scant knowledge of its culture, economic system and politics is a daunting task.
Several pitfalls await those who attempt to turn their experience in the Middle Kingdom into stories that can capture the lives and aspirations of ordinary people in a nation of 1.3 billion that has been transformed beyond recognition by 35 years of unbridled economic growth.
For one thing, the issues they’re about tend to reflect the moral concerns of people in China.” Despite its advances, China’s government may be as controlling as ever regarding party-threatening information.Structured mostly around stories of ordinary Chinese citizens, many of whom he got to know personally, Osnos' book explores and maps the complex and evolving terrains of Chinese society.We encounter many characters who are chasing different dreams in contemporary China: fortune, truth and faith.The Central Propaganda Department has one (unmarked) office per 100 people, and prohibits public discussion of matters ranging from corruption to natural disasters.
Osnos gives ample time to a trio of dissidents: Liu Xiaobo, the jailed author of a document outlining 19 fundamental political reforms and winner of a Nobel Peace Prize he couldn’t collect; Chen Guangcheng, the blind, autodidactic country lawyer who fled to New York after months of unofficial house arrest; and especially Ai Weiwei, the famous artist whose work tests the limits of an individual’s power at his own peril.The longer I was in China, the more I looked at the smaller details.