We wandered to another part of the park where parents laid out their child’s ‘resume’ hoping for a marriage connection / partner. A woman yelled at me when I tried to take a picture. Seems it’s bad luck to be photographed. I understood it puts a pox on the intended. I laid low and managed a non-intrusive video on my iPad mini but I cannot upload it. Sorry.
Interesting nuggets about marriage:
- Either you pay for a matchmaker ($$$ if you have lots—probably not) or your mother struggles along in your best interests with or without your knowledge
- We encountered children in the park, but the majority were boys—yes there were girls—the odds appeared greater than the statistics
- The ratio: 140 boys are born to 100 girls nowadays
- Dating services are now common and do a vigorous business, but many cannot afford them and anyway MOM has your best interests at heart
- Young people pursue good careers and work long hours with lengthy travel times to and from work
- There is no time to date
- More and more young people prefer to find their own mate
- Some young men hold down several jobs and still cannot afford a house or apartment
- Every potential bride wants a house or apartment. As well her family expects a bride price—even in the country—a sort of dowry
- Mismatches between city vs. country / education vs. job level mean less chance of finding a marriageable partner
- Stories abound about established career women. A female with a good job may be willing to stand in as breadwinners if even a younger male would co-operate. After all, her clock is ticking, but without a job of his own, he’ll shy away.
- Rich men spent much time and money choosing the right bride through matchmakers since the ratio of females versus males are so uneven
More tidbits about the people:
- Diabetes and high blood pressure high
- Exercises morning and evening, especially seniors
- China is second highest consumer of sugar after India
- They add sugar to everything
- Different breakfast by area / region
- Average man’s breakfast is in Beijing: steamed dumplings and buns, dim sum, and soup
- Use straw to drink soup
- Mandarin is the main official language
- Written language is the same everyone in China, only the dialects are different
Next on June 20th, Beijing Part 5, Day 3 (cont’d)
- Temple of Heaven
- Tiananmen Square
June 13, 2014 at 5:58 pm
Interesting view into another culture. Must have been fascinating to compare with what you’re used to. Happy weekend, Tess. 🙂
June 14, 2014 at 8:48 am
Happy weekend, Paulette.
Yes, I didn’t get it all when in China but now that I’m writing these posts, I’m surprised at some of the things I learned. Ha ha.
June 13, 2014 at 6:06 pm
I really enjoyed reading this and learning these things. “140 boys are born to 100 girls nowadays”—Wow, that’s frightening. If they keep that up, women will be one of their most sought after commodities.
June 14, 2014 at 8:50 am
Yep. Sure looks that way, but they are now looking at the results of that rule and have come up with an answer. A small one I shall share in another post.
June 13, 2014 at 6:38 pm
I read an interesting article a while back, I think in the NY Times about the roving, frustrated young men who because of the numbers couldn’t get a good bride. Without that they were turning to an outsider’s life with much higher rates of homosexuality due to circumstances.
June 14, 2014 at 8:58 am
That’s not good, is it? See what too tight rules can cause? When the one-child rule was pronounced, it seems no-one did much future planning, or thinking….
Every government makes mistakes.
June 13, 2014 at 6:58 pm
Wow I am imaging the marketing for a potential spouse in the park. I wonder what are the major qualifications on the resume? It must have been amazing to be immersed into such a different culture. I believe my travel envy is flaring up again.
June 14, 2014 at 9:02 am
At that point I wished I knew how to read Chinese. I have a short video of all the papers laid out in the park, on the ground with the parent seated behind. People wandered and read from person to person. Wow.
June 14, 2014 at 10:09 am
Incredible! Like a open air marriage market. I have never heard of that. Wow I wonder what the young adults think of all of it.
June 14, 2014 at 12:40 pm
It’s a mixed bag from what I can gather. There are all kinds of reasons for and against and in between. The young people are changing China.
June 14, 2014 at 12:43 pm
Absolutely fascinating. I am thinking about what my kids reactions would have been to the concept. Of course it is completely different but hard to imagine.
June 14, 2014 at 12:49 pm
I try to understand the why of some cultures but sometimes it just doesn’t pan out for me.
June 13, 2014 at 7:09 pm
Are there really more boys born than girls born or are the girls that are born abandoned in orphanages because boys are more ‘desirable’ in a one-child country? I know a significant number of Canadian couples who have travelled to China to adopt – and they ONLY have girls available (many of them are left ‘anonymously’ at orphanages because the parents WANT a boy … WHY?!?!?!? If your son can’t find wife, what’s the point?) So sad! Fascinating insights, Tess. Looking forward to hearing/reading more about your trip.
June 14, 2014 at 9:04 am
Hi Margo. Yes, I have heard about couples adopting Chinese girls. I’d forgotten about that. Hmm. Interesting. Must check that out.
Nice to see you Margo. Glad you enjoy reading here. ❤ Thank you.
June 13, 2014 at 8:11 pm
I saw elsewhere the ratio was 114 to 100. Sex-selective abortion, infant genocide keep it that way. Most cultures traditionally prefer sons over daughters since sons provide for you when you get old.
Enjoying the story of your holiday. 🙂
June 14, 2014 at 9:07 am
Thank you, Christine. If we went by the ratio of boys vs girls we encountered while out and about, I’d say we saw probably 3 little girls and the rest boys.
Someone just mentioned about Canadian couples when adopted girls from orphanages there. I remember reading about that. Lots of changes going on and not all truth.
June 13, 2014 at 8:16 pm
I don’t like people yelling at my friends.
I think I’ll curse her.
June 14, 2014 at 9:08 am
Ha ha. I worried about being lynched by the looks I got. Thank you for your support. ~(*_~)~~
June 13, 2014 at 8:43 pm
Can you imagine all of that stress? Marriage, work, children, not enough women folk, there are staff employed to find a mate…….
The sugar intake surprises me. So both India and China are ahead of America? That surprises me greatly.
I like all of these first hand observations.
June 14, 2014 at 9:11 am
Thank you, Colleen. All of this information about sugar sure knocked me off my feet. Something I didn’t know is China produces a whack of sugar but I don’t know how much is exported. Maybe new money has made it more affordable and a sweet tooth wants what it hasn’t had the pleasure of enjoying.
June 14, 2014 at 10:27 pm
I have a feeling I’m going to learn a lot more about China by the time your trip is over. I have to say I am enjoying all of your information. You didn’t just go “look” you learned. 🙂
June 16, 2014 at 10:28 am
My bursts of information may be spotty. 😀 😀
It all depended on the local guide. Some were more talkative with lots of the kind of facts I am most interested in. The history, I couldn’t keep up with.
June 16, 2014 at 4:35 pm
I’m sure life times could be spent on learning China’s history and still not get it all. !
June 16, 2014 at 6:29 pm
That’s 1,000% right and also the history is confusing because there 3,000 years of it.
June 13, 2014 at 9:12 pm
That’s fascinating. The more I hear about other nations and their cultures, the happier I am here. Of course, I’m pretty set in my ways. The idea that parents would pick your mate sounds ridiculous and intrusive, until you consider the divorce rate when we pick or own mate is over 50%. Which is better?
June 14, 2014 at 9:14 am
It is ridiculous and young people are opting on finding their own mates and the parents are giving up control. On the other hand, while they scramble to make a career, they don’t have time to date because of the long hours working and commuting. I wish I knew how to post my 6-second video. WordPress doesn’t like it. Grrr.
I am soooo happy to live in North American. I could kiss the ground.
June 13, 2014 at 10:49 pm
Very interesting tidbits. Was surprised to read about the rate of diabetes and high blood pressure; but maybe shouldn’t be, considering the high sugar intake. Also surprised that more sugar is consumed than in the U.S. I appreciate the first-hand observations. Thanks for this informative post.
June 14, 2014 at 9:24 am
Thank you, Huntie. I almost fell over when out tour guide told us this. I also found out they produce tons of sugar but is it for export or their own use, I don’t know. As well maybe the new money is helping the sweet tooth.
June 13, 2014 at 11:36 pm
A great post – we live in a global world and when we travel, we learn so much about each other.
June 14, 2014 at 9:25 am
Traveling is surely the best education. Lots of surprises too.
Thank you for reading, Clanmother. 🙂
June 14, 2014 at 12:17 am
I can’t say that I would look forward to a Chinese breakfast!
June 14, 2014 at 9:28 am
Me neither, but that would vary by region and economic capability. The Congee (rice based soup) is everywhere. I had some Chinese teachers staying with me some years ago and they loved me when I made this for their breakfast. Eggs in any form were nice but they preferred this instead.
June 15, 2014 at 8:36 am
So, overall was the food in any way similar to a Chinese takeaway?
June 16, 2014 at 11:03 am
No, not really what we order in Canada. We traveled from Beijing to Hong Kong and the food changed a little from region to region
June 14, 2014 at 1:03 am
China is now becoming an interest of mine, learning loads thanks for sharing. thier food does put me off a little though 😉
June 14, 2014 at 9:29 am
We weren’t exposed to any weird food I’m glad to say.
Different countries, different cultures and traditions. 🙂
June 14, 2014 at 2:10 am
I’m really impressed by how many facts and information you gathered and recorded! Really interesting. I was surprised about the sugar, but actually now that I think about it, if ever I have a Chinese meal, all those sauces are definitely on the sweet side. Looking forward to the next instalment!
June 14, 2014 at 9:30 am
Thanks, Vanessa. We had good and informative guides in all the cities we traveled to. I took notes when I could keep up or stay awake. Actually, the first couple of days I was slow on the mark.
The sugar threw me for a loop. I had no idea either.
June 14, 2014 at 4:24 am
Fascinatingly! I am also learning similar things in my Chinese Culture short course! But I didn’t know about the dating services and the ration of women to men! Wow! 🙂 Love the pix too!
June 14, 2014 at 9:31 am
There were more pictures but I messed some up and can’t load others. Thank you for reading GG. Glad you find the reading interesting. 🙂
June 14, 2014 at 8:47 am
The one child and selective abortion issues have created problems for China. Now they are paying a high price. Soon their sons will begin to pursue ‘brides’ from outside China, this will introduce something very new into the culture, one must wonder what will happen.
Thank you once again.
June 14, 2014 at 9:36 am
Hi Val. Yes, now they’re scrambling.
Something another commenter mentioned about orphanages with girls. I remember Canadian couples going to China to adopt. Another hidden gem.
June 14, 2014 at 9:53 am
The thought of arranged marriages is so foreign to us but so common in other parts of the world. Your interesting facts were exactly that. One in particular really jumped out at me – largest consumer of sugar!!! Wow – I would never have guessed that one 🙂
June 14, 2014 at 12:37 pm
You could have knocked me over with a grain of sugar when I hear that one too.
More and more the young people insist on choosing their own partners but there are still those who are too busy carving out a career and don’t have time for the dating scene. Then there are the poor who’s family want to better their family even if only a little bit.
June 14, 2014 at 9:55 am
Thank you for another journey log. I’m also surprised about the sugar. You certainly have gained a lot of data to share with us…did you actually holiday or take notes ~ smiles xx
June 14, 2014 at 12:38 pm
I had a great time and it was a holiday, Jen. Sometimes I managed to stay awake and take notes. 😀
June 14, 2014 at 4:25 pm
wow. I so wish you could have caught the negotiations on film. Re the disproportionate number of boys to girls–apparently infant girls are still being killed at alarming rates. Now they have so few girls and so many boys that girls have the upper hand. Karma’s a bitch, ain’t it? 😉
June 14, 2014 at 8:31 pm
Something I hadn’t thought about. Remember years ago, not THAT many, Canadians had gone to China to adopt children: girls?
June 15, 2014 at 12:37 am
That’s what happens when you kill off your female children. Other countries will snap the remaining ones up and then you’re seriously screwed. 🙂
June 16, 2014 at 10:45 am
Mao had encouraged families to have more children and the population exploded. Then there was a food shortage and by 1980 the new rule was passed. I guess no-one thought far enough ahead. 😮
June 15, 2014 at 12:18 am
Interesting about the boy v. girl birth ratio. Not sure if there still is a one-child- per-family law. Having worked with a few girls adopted from Chinese orphanages, I learned many of the girls were given up so that the family could try for a boy.
Thnx for all the facts, Tess!
June 16, 2014 at 10:40 am
Yes, that is correct. Boys rule in many countries. Ugh. Because of the current boy / girl ratio, the rule was relaxed late last year. If either wife or husband was an only child, they could have a second child.
June 16, 2014 at 10:39 pm
Not sure how that law ties in with expanding one’s family via marriage. Hmmm.
June 16, 2014 at 10:58 pm
I’m not sure I understand, Joanna.
June 18, 2014 at 11:30 pm
I believe you said parents who were only children were allowed to have more than one child. I don’t get how being an only child should Impact being allowed to have more than one of your own–does that make sense?
June 19, 2014 at 11:21 am
That would be either one of the parents and anyone born AFTER the one-child ‘edict’. When you think about it, that’s still going to explode the population. Now that I think about it, anyone bore BEFORE is starting to get too hold to have another child on purpose. What do you think? It does sound a bit odd.
They are allowed to have only a second child because of the disparity of the genders–not enough women to marry and carry on the race.
June 20, 2014 at 11:41 am
They will be overpopulated regardless–and how does a country control that anyway?
As per male/female disparity, how many Chinese baby girls wind up in orphanages? Then they claim too few women? Beyond odd, IMHO.
June 20, 2014 at 11:55 am
Seems the orphanage secret isn’t a popular one. Sigh. I feel sorry for the kids.
June 20, 2014 at 7:08 pm
Wow. That’s supposed to be a secret? I’ve treated a few of those kids, most okay. Probably better than others I’ve come across, especially for Russian orphanages. So sad.
June 21, 2014 at 11:06 am
No-one talks about the orphanages. Seems they’re trying to slip them under the carpet.
June 21, 2014 at 4:12 pm
Surprise, surprise. Sad too.
June 22, 2014 at 9:20 am
June 22, 2014 at 10:26 am
Have a great day, Ms. Tess.
June 22, 2014 at 11:05 am
Same to you, Joanna. ❤
June 22, 2014 at 11:33 am
Thank you 🙂
June 15, 2014 at 3:58 am
Loving all the photos and information. Xxxx
June 16, 2014 at 10:47 am
😀 😀 😀
Glad you’re enjoying this.
June 15, 2014 at 7:04 am
Fascinating read this Tess, I am learning so much about China from you. You learnt a lot while you were away, it’s so great that you are sharing it here and making a journal of your travels. Sorry you got shouted at though 😦 Still, one musn’t be ‘poxed’, that wouldn’t make for good marriage material, no way, no how 😉
June 16, 2014 at 10:51 am
So many interesting facts. It all depended on our tour guides. Some shared more facts than others. I’m pleased to be blogging as it is helping me relive and process all i experienced while in China. Otherwise, it would all be forgotten already. 🙂
June 16, 2014 at 12:38 pm
June 15, 2014 at 8:14 am
Now that they have more of an idea of what is going on beyond the Asian world, I’m a little surprised that women are so intense on getting married at all. A baby in the oven does not require a husband, just a man.
I know, I sound brash. Just my mood this morning.
June 16, 2014 at 10:59 am
I guess woman everywhere hear the clock ticking more than others. IIlegitimate children are illegal and are non-persons and are considered non-existent, but they exist and now want support from the government.
June 15, 2014 at 6:51 pm
The thought of having mother involved in finding a mate is truly scary. Adds a whole new meaning to the expression “Tiger Mom” but also adds some context. As a mother of sons the world seems to be inching the bar ever higher for males with girls’ expectations of a mate becoming more and more unrealistic. I imagine a lot of the boys secretly buckling under the pressure.
June 16, 2014 at 11:17 am
More and more young people pick their own mates these days but then out of necessity due to shortage of females and less time to socialize, I can understand falling back on old ways. Seeing all these resumes laid out in the part was an odd experience. Girls for sale anyone? Ick.
June 16, 2014 at 1:56 am
This sounds so much like India – people working more and more and having less time for self. The unfortunate difference is that here, the bride’s family pays the dowry and a lesser-than-expected amount can cause untold misery to the bride. Hmm..can see the positive effects of gender discrimination in China! 😉
June 16, 2014 at 11:20 am
The gender discrimination is odd because they say men and women are equal. Ha.
June 16, 2014 at 3:07 am
So is the 140/100 due to aborting female babies? I’ve heard of this in India but China too?
June 16, 2014 at 11:25 am
Yes, China as well. In many parts of the world the male child is preferred to female.
The male will look after his parents in their old age but the female will marry and live with her husband’s family. At least that’s how it used to be. The younger generation want what they see in the movies and not live with parents of any kind.
June 16, 2014 at 3:46 am
I was interested in your fact about the sugar consumption. Apparently western populations are very high consumers of corn sugar (source of our obesity problems). I wonder if the statistic you were quoted was based on cane sugar consumption? This may shed a completely light on the result!
June 16, 2014 at 11:33 am
China produces sugar cane and sugar beet.
The popularity of sugar has grown along with economic improvement.
June 16, 2014 at 6:15 pm
You started me reading about sugar consumption world wide – it kept me fascinated for a good hour or more!
June 16, 2014 at 6:36 pm
Huh. Wow. I’m reading about all kinds of new things brought on from my vacation. 🙂 Will you write a post? I’d be interested in reading about your findings.
June 20, 2014 at 8:14 am
It’s rather contentious! I think I’ll stay clear of the debate!
June 20, 2014 at 10:12 am
I do not look for a debate as such. Simply exchanging thoughts.
June 20, 2014 at 6:10 pm
June 20, 2014 at 6:12 pm
It’s actually the sugar marketers who are doing the debating with health organisations. 🙂
June 20, 2014 at 6:27 pm
Ha ha ha.
June 16, 2014 at 4:52 am
Fascinating facts about the difference and the similarities. I too assume the skewed gender balance is the outcome of abortion.
June 16, 2014 at 11:34 am
Yes abortion and orphanages, but those in the latter were starved to death.
June 16, 2014 at 11:16 am
Fascinating stuff, Tess. But I sure hope that Photography Pox is inaccurate; otherwise America (the home of the free and the land of the selfie) is doomed.
June 16, 2014 at 11:47 am
I noticed the same ‘pox fear’ when I photographed a crippled old man on the sidewalk.
North Americans are a different breed. 😀 😀
June 16, 2014 at 3:13 pm
I just found your site via NOtquiteold. Some great info on China, I was there a couple of years ago, and was surprised to find that we were regularly asked to have our photo taken, I had thought they had become used to our white faces by now. Interesting facts on marriage, makes Internet dating (i’ve just posted about that) look positively easy by comparison!
June 16, 2014 at 4:26 pm
Yes, that still goes on as recently as this year.
The young are pushing to make their own choices but life doesn’t always cooperate so Mama is still good to have in your corner. I was surprised how many had laid out resumes of their sons or daughters.
June 16, 2014 at 8:08 pm
Tess, You are doing a fantastic job with these posts. They are fascinating and educational at the same time. I’m not surprised about MOM having the upper hand. The diabetes seems to be in line with the food you’ve been telling us about. It’s interesting how the information is all weaving together.
June 16, 2014 at 9:02 pm
Ha. “…all weaving together?” I’m a lucky woman. 😀
Glad you find this interesting reading, Sheri.
June 16, 2014 at 8:39 pm
Wow ……. it is amazing….The things that people do when they are lead around by ticking body clocks and money and skewed sex ratio……
June 16, 2014 at 9:04 pm
Ha ha. Everything is changing though and fast. The young people want what they see in the movies.
June 16, 2014 at 8:42 pm
Thanks for taking us with you on the tour Tess 🙂 Fascinating!
June 16, 2014 at 9:05 pm
Thank you, Debby. Glad you’re enjoying the tour. 🙂
June 16, 2014 at 9:28 pm
June 17, 2014 at 11:42 am
Interesting stats, Tess. I recently watched a program about a Chinese guy saying how difficult it is to find a bride. I had no idea about the sugar consumption there either. Thanks for all the interesting info.
June 17, 2014 at 2:17 pm
I know. The sugar consumption had me gagging. The economic upturn has found a sweet tooth. 😀
June 17, 2014 at 12:48 pm
those are some interesting stats Tess, especially about the sugar. I would have thought the consumption would have been on the low end. Not too many desserts come to mind, from this part of the world. 😉 Thanks for continuing to share your trip tidbits!
June 17, 2014 at 2:20 pm
We saw no cakes when we were there. Dessert consisted of fruit. MacDonald’s, Hagen Daaz, Dairy Queen and Kentucky Fried Chicken do brisk business there.
Hagen Daaz serve up a two-tiered tea tray with all kinds of gooey offerings and the place was packed with young people.
June 17, 2014 at 10:40 pm
I’m so enjoying your trip to China. This one made me sad. To abandon, abor, or kill baby girls – and that seems to be feet on the ground about the ratio – absolutely tragic. Funny thing is, it’s not the Chinese boy who cares for his aging parents – it’s his wife!
The world is greatly askew when it comes to those who have babies, countries who have so many in orphanages, and couples who wan them. I wish parents would enjoy their children without such burden resulting in such violent decisions.
Maybe it’s excessive sugar intake making them so crazy over there.
June 18, 2014 at 7:51 am
True. All true and sad.
It IS his wife who looks after the aging parents but they’re counting on his money to support them all.
I remember not so many years ago, Canadian families adopted Chinese children but a stop has been put to that just like in Russian. Since late last year it is allowed that if one of the parents were only children (born before 1980), they can have a second child. The gender disparity is too great and something must be done although other questions arise.
The sugar excess shocked me. I had no idea.
June 21, 2014 at 10:52 am
Love the facts. Bristling for your scathing commentary as to culture comparison. I know you have a mouthful to say about your own culture, but I am dying for your opinion of China’s ❤
June 22, 2014 at 9:03 am
Hey, Red. I am merely sharing what I saw and heard, straight from the hip. There is more that we, as a tour group, could never see. There is always someone who can speak a little English, more as we traveled farther south, but I wouldn’t want to be in a foreign country, so diverse, without a tour group.
Only now, in posting here, am I processing my experience because the days were so filled for over three weeks. ❤ ❤ <3.
Thanks for dropping by. Lovely to see you. 🙂
July 15, 2014 at 3:53 pm
140 Males to 100 Females basically means 40 female embryos killed unnecessarily, doesn’t it? That’s one in seven pregnancies interrupted because the child has the “wrong” sex.
July 15, 2014 at 7:08 pm
This also include hidden orphanages with damaged children. Remember years back, lots of westerners were adopting their babies? That was before the Russian orphanages (I think). Both put a stop to that even though the income (money) must have been awesome.
July 27, 2014 at 11:09 pm
Tess, good stuff! I remember reading that Russia and China may find the population problem solved between them. The Russians have lots of women, but the women don’t want Russian men – very high alcoholism rate. Curiousier and curiousier!
July 28, 2014 at 12:47 pm
This cracks me up. The very idea is a hoot. Do you suppose Mother Russia would be called Mother China?
July 28, 2014 at 4:13 pm
If I recall rightly, there is still great ill will between the two countries from past invasions. Nothing like demographic survival to get ya on the same page. 🙂
July 28, 2014 at 4:50 pm
And yet, the Chinese sing Russian songs, but in Chinese. 😀
July 28, 2014 at 5:11 pm
Really? I didn’t know that!
July 28, 2014 at 5:25 pm
Yes, the songs I heard growing up, sung by the Russians in town were sung in a mini-van by teachers and principals visiting Canada to study our educational system. Two teachers and a minister of education were billeted with me. We were on our way to a Chinese restaurant.
Without thinking, I said, “That’s not a Chinese song, that’s Russian.” I believe they stopped singing shortly. (look at the alliteration…oh my)
July 28, 2014 at 5:37 pm
Wow! Where is YOUR post on this background of yours, Tess???? It gives context!
July 28, 2014 at 5:47 pm
I had lots of invitations but that is years ago now. I think I’ll throw a post in at the end of this vacation. I had little school children billet with me, a vice mayor etc.that’s just from China. I had visitors for all over the world over a 10-year period.
July 28, 2014 at 5:57 pm
Aren’t you just something, Tess! See, you did so travel! You brought the world to you!
July 28, 2014 at 6:06 pm
They even brought me presents!
August 16, 2014 at 12:52 pm
Interesting facts about marriage, and I never would have guessed about the sugar consumption. Thanks for sharing, Tess.
August 17, 2014 at 11:03 am
Thanks so much for visiting and reading, Naomi.
I was shocked about the sugar consumption. Now that more people have a little more money, they want to satisfy their sweet tooth. 🙂
August 20, 2014 at 2:50 pm
Female infanticide is common in China and India — sex-selective abortion usually means the female fetus will be aborted rather than the male. Daughters are considered a liability…population control is a secondary factor. How sad and horrible for the female of this world! What we humans do to ourselves with our crazy thinking! We can only appreciate the fact that we were born in the countries that we have been or we might not exist. Great candid shot of the bride and bridegroom!
August 20, 2014 at 6:52 pm
Last December they finally realized there aren’t enough females. Duh. You know, like ovaries make the world go round?
They have some convoluted formula for people who can have a second child, but not everyone.
October 25, 2014 at 6:51 pm
Such a fascinating blog & life!
April 21, 2015 at 3:45 am
haha, my boyfriend told me about that practice before, it’s crazy, but yes, still very common.
April 27, 2015 at 9:57 am
This was interesting to learn and a lady yelled at me for taking pictures. As well, I understand young people work long hours and travel a long way to and from work and don’t have time to find a spouse.
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