In 1980, the infamous one-child policy came into effect. The law was put into place in attempts to drive their economy boom and in fear of the growing population. Many believed if nothing was done, the Chinese population would become too big to sustain itself.
Before the policy, rural women were having up to six children. The one-child policy restricted the number of children women could have to one. This was enforced heavily by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) police. If a family were to have two or more children, they could be subject to heavy fines and forced abortions
Chinese culture is driven by a confusion patriarchal tradition dating back thousands of years, where son preference is strong and pervasive. This created a future of unbalanced sex ratios among the population. Currently China has has 34,439,619 more males than females, most of which are at marriageable ages
Due to the limited number of millennial females in China, they have seen an increase in their social abilities. Women are now able to be the selectors. They are being particular about who they would like to marry because they can afford to. If one does not fit their ideal, there are ten others awaiting the chance.
With China’s economy expanding and their influence of western culture has also pushed the female population to continue working on their careers instead of creating a family. Because of these choices some men are setting their sights elsewhere for family opportunities.
The Global Times did a piece on a group of affluent men from the PRC travelling around Eastern Europe and Asia. These men were on a-sort-of speed dating mission; only, when the bell rings they would hop on a flight to the next city or country on the itinerary.
One of the coordinators, Elena explained why Chinese men are more likely to find a spouse now in eastern European countries, “Men like Russian women because of how they look; women like Chinese men because they respect women and want a serious relationship.”
Stories like this are becoming a bigger part of Chinese society today. International or intercultural-relationships may become a more common situation. The millennial generation of Chinese men might produce the first generation of dominantly intercultural offspring. This path China is on could lead to a country more willing to connect and exchange ideas.