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China's 'unwanted' single women feel the pressure

Saturday, July 21, 2012


CHINA: Xu, a pretty woman in her 30s, warily walked into a Beijing singles club in a bid to shed her status as one of China's "Unwanted".


Xu had not been to the "Garden of Joy" for more than a year but, with time and societal judgement weighing heavily on her, she returned with cautious hopes. "I just want someone with whom I share things in common, but who is also in a better financial situation than me." Xu, who did not want to be identified, is one of China's so-called "Sheng Nu". The term, which translates to the "Unwanted", is derived from a phenomenon in Chinese society which affects hundreds of thousands of women, particularly the urban, educated and financially independent.


The term, which is unique to China and which only applies to women, appears in China's official dictionary and refers to "all single woman above the age of 27". "Nothing in the world will allow me to become a Sheng Nu," she said, lamenting that for many men in China youthful looks count for a lot. AFP

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