Dating and marriage practices
Therefore, Americans think about marriage as an event that can happen later down the road.However, for Chinese women, there is a societal ticking clock.Women are expected to marry while they are in their early to mid-twenties.In fact, there is even a negative term coined for women who are not married by 27: “剩女 (shèng nǚ)” or "Leftover Women." Again, this negativity has to do with Chinese culture, since marriage is seen as an important part of a person’s stability.That’s why family members, such as grandparents, will do their best to pressure and persuade their grandkids to marry when they’re in their twenties.On the other hand, American families are much less pushy on this subject.And unsurprisingly, many families don’t approve dating before college because they see it as a distraction from student responsibilities.
On the other hand, dating in the United States is so casual that people will even date as a way of getting to know someone better.
Chinese couples also sometimes refer to each other as “husband” (老公) and “wife” (老婆) even when they’re not actually married -- another indicator of the serious implications dating has for many Chinese people.
Naked marriages, known as 裸婚 (luǒ hūn) in Chinese, are when a couple gets married despite not owning a car or house.
For example, a Chinese girl will probably care more than an American girl about the guy’s family background and the stability of his living conditions.
This is because in Chinese culture, men are expected to be the foundation of the family, meaning it is important that they have the resources for a family.
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