Chinese millennials aren’t getting married, and the government is worried

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Newlywed couples from a Wuhan hospital attend a group wedding at the Yellow Crane Tower on October 20, 2020 in Wuhan, China.

By Nectar Gan, CNN

(CNN) Two years ago, Joanne Su was anxious about turning 30 years old.She worked for a foreign trade company in China’s southern metropolis of Guangzhou, earned a decent income and spent her weekends hanging out with friends. But to Su and her parents, there was one problem — she was single.

“Back then, I felt like 30 years old was such an important threshold. When it loomed closer, I came under tremendous pressure to find the right person to marry — both from my parents and myself,” she said.

Now 31, Su is still single, but says she is no longer worried. “What’s the point of making do with someone you don’t like, and then divorcing in a couple of years? It’s only a waste of time,” she said.

Su is among a growing number of Chinese millennials who are postponing or eschewing marriage entirely. In just six years, the number of Chinese people getting married for the first time has fallen by a crushing 41%, from 23.8 million in 2013 to 13.9 million in 2019, according to data released by China’s National Bureau of Statistics.

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4 replies

  1. Who cares whether people get married? I’ll tell you who – backward, patriarchal, sexist societies.
    It should be a matter of personal choice, and lots of people see it as an outdated institution – women in particular. After all, research says the happiest people in society are married men and unmarried women.

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