The V-Day Gift for China’s Leftovers?

Apparently, there is something worst than being single on Valentine’s Day. In China, many single people are facing health risks due to their loneliness.

According to Times, a survey shows more than 70 percent of its unattached respondents have suffered from depression related to their singledom. As loneliness resulted from being single is not new to everyone, what is the reason that makes these Chinese leftovers especially vulnerable?

One of the factors might be the traditional value merited by the society. The conservative Chinese view family as a core to a person’s life. They deem marriage as the foundation of uniting a family. Therefore, if you reach a certain age without having a significant other, you might become the juicy gossip topic of others. You would experience incessant concerns about your love life, feeling like having no privacy and right to make your own decision.

In fact, the society even name this group of single people the nation’s “leftovers,” for single men older than 30 and single women over 27, defined by the All-China Women’s Federation.

The term pretty much explains how the culture considers a person when he reaches his late 20s and is still single. He is left, waiting to be chosen instead of having the right to pursue what he wants. In some degree, he is responsible for his singledom because he doesn’t make enough efforts. The worst part might be these stereotypes would follow him like a tag, making him suffer from extreme stress.

It is obvious the way people behave and think is deeply influenced by how they are shaped by different cultures. While the Chinese might deem singledom as a status of being left, others might view it as a choice of enjoying much more freedom. What do you think?

About carolchl

Carol Chia Lee is a first-year graduate student who majors in Public Relations at University of Southern California. Gradated from the University of National ChengChi University, Carol earned her BA degree in Psychology in Taiwan. During her senior year in college, she was an exchange student to Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, France. Having experienced very different journey in the Europe, Carol decided to pursue her advance study in the States to better embrace diverse cultures.
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