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Bride shortage in china

  1. 1. Facts and DetailsSearchGlobal Top > China > 01Population...BRIDE SHORTAGE IN CHINA1. BRIDE SHORTAGE IN CHINA2. Consequences of the Bride Shortage in China3. Bride Shortage and the Abduction of Women in China4. Efforts to Combat the Bride Shortage in China5. Adoptions and Girl Trafficking in ChinaBRIDE SHORTAGE IN CHINAThe high number of male births has also resulted in a shortage of brides. It isestimated that in 2020 there will be 24 million more men of marriageable age thanwomen of the same age one million Chinese men will reach marriageable age everyyear and be unable to find a wife. Studies indicate that one in ten to one in six men —anumber equivalent to the entire population of Canada—will never get married and thatunmarried men between 20 and 44 already outnumber their female counterparts 2 to 1.Some have described the problem as a ticking “bachelor bomb.” Studies indicate thatthe older a man gets the less likely he is to get married. For Chinese in their thirties thenumber of single men to single women is nearly 10 to 1.Bachelors unable to find marriage partners in China are called “bare branches.” TheChinese Academy of Social Sciences described the issue as the most seriousdemographic challenge for China. Senior Communist officials have described theproblem as a potential cause of crime and social unrest and instability.Men who have no wife and no offspring are called “bare branches.” A computersalesman told Time, “Every girl I meet has already had several marriage offers.”Already "bachelor villages," inhabited primarily by men, are scattered in some ofChinas poorer regions, particularly in northern Shaanxi province, and in Ningxi andGaungxi provinces.Good Websites and Sources: Wikipedia article Wikipedia ; Family Planning ; New England Journal of Medicine article ; One Child Too Many Boys and Military Aggression ; ChristianScience Monitor ; Links in this Website: POPULATION ; ONE-CHILD POLICY INCHINA ; BIRTH CONTROL INCHINA ; PREFERENCE FOR of the Bride Shortage in ChinaDemographers say the bride shortage might lead to more prostitution, an increase inbride sales, bigamy, forced marriages, and mass migrations of men across Chinasborders in search of women. A reports in Science magazine warned of an "army ofbachelors" that could cause "social perils and all sorts of factors of instability.Studies by political scientists Andrea M. Den Boer and Valerie Hudson found thatsingle young men are more likely to commit violence than married ones. Even criminalsoften give up crime after they get married and settle down. This pattern is consistent
  2. 2. with the high crime rates found in Chinese cities that have particularly high male-to-female sex ratios.Many of the migrant workers in Chinese cities are unmarried men. Those that can’tfind work often congregate in groups—often at train and bus stations. Some haveformed gangs and been hired as thugs.Another consequence of the bride shortage is the high number of men with hangdogexpressions hanging out in shopping districts in Beijing and other cities, where theyhope to catch the eye of young women walking the streets. One single man told theNew York Times, "This whole generation of Chinese men who will become monks. Andthen the women will feel sorry for us."Even the government is beginning to admit there is a problem. In 2007, China’s StatePopulation and Family Commission said, that “the increasingly difficulties men facefinding wives may lead to social instability” and suggested relaxing the one-child policyto boost the number of women.Bride Shortage and the Abduction of Women in ChinaStanford Universitys Marcus Feldman told Newsweek, "With a free-market economiesdeveloping at the same time the number of available bride decreases, you will findwomen increasingly becoming commodities to be bought and sold." Already largenumbers of brides are being smuggled into China from Vietnam and are also makingtheir way in from Russia and Central Asia. Some girls and young women from NorthKorea, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam have been kidnaped and taken to China and sold asbrides.There are high demands for brides in Hebei, Guizhou and Guangdong, where there areshortages of women. In some bachelor villages the men say they are so poor that noone will marry them. Some of them have tricked women into marrying them byclaiming they are richer than they really areEfforts to Combat the Bride Shortage in ChinaTo combat the bride shortage some have suggested rising the marriage age of men(now 22) and lowering it for women (now 20). Some have also suggested bringing inwomen from other countries and allowing women to marry two men.Others have suggested that the Chinese government might lure men from the citieswith big public work projects like dams or even expand the military to accommodatethem. In the past some men joined the army and some became monks. This took offsome of the pressure to find women for all the available men.In some places men are marrying their first cousins and even their sisters throughdeals made with relatives because that is only way they can find a wife. The practice isso common that some communities are referred to as “incest villages.”Some have suggested the problem will continue until China creates a real social safetynet to reduce the demand for boys.See Marriage and Dating
  3. 3. Adoptions and Girl Trafficking in ChinaThe shortage of women has created a black market for baby girls and abductedwomen. The trafficking of girls has become a serious problem.Women Trafficking, See WomenChild Kidnaping, See ChildrenAdoptions and Girls, See ChildrenImage Sources: Nolls website, Beifan.comText Sources: CNTO, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Times ofLondon, National Geographic, The New Yorker, Time, Newsweek, Reuters, AP, LonelyPlanet Guides, Compton’s Encyclopedia and various books and other publications.Page Top© 2009 Jeffrey HaysLast updated April 2010Questions or comments, e-mail | About This Project | Support andDonations