Zhang Youyi: The Making of a New WomanFebruary 19, 2013As the first wife of well-known poet Xu Zhimo, who disliked her and divorced her, Zhang Youyi was forced to pull herself together and struggle to become a new woman. Theirs was the first modern divorce case in China and it was Zhang who finally published the full collection of Xu's poetry.
China as Paradise (1972-1976)December 12, 2011An intensive campaign for birth control is started in the 1970s. Contraceptives, such as the pill, are free.
New Marriage Law (1950)December 12, 2011The New Marriage Law that was promulgated on 1 May 1950 gave women legal equality with men. In a sense, the law formed the logical conclusion of the struggle that had started during the May Fourth Movement (1919) to bring to an end the influences of the patriarchy and ageism that existed in the feudal family system.
Women as CaregiversDecember 12, 2011As a reflection of the fact that the sexual division of labor still existed in the People's Republic, women continued to be shown on posters while engaged in gender specific activities. Even after Liberation, they conspicuously featured in the scores of posters that were devoted to care giving, in any form.
Empty Nests, Pet DogsDecember 11, 2011China has an aging population. As more and more only children leave to marry or work in another city, the elderly are left at home, alone and lonely. Many are turning to surrogate love from four-legged creatures. Eric Jou and Han Bingbin visit the world of the empty nesters and their beloved dogs.
Divorce Up and RisingDecember 7, 20111.46 million couples—equivalent to 5,300 per day—registered their divorces in the first three quarters of 2011, and Ministry of Civil Affairs statistics show an 11.9 per cent year-on-year growth in dissolved marriages.
Freedom from Wedded BondageNovember 25, 2011China's century of national revolution freed women from marital servitude and established their familial and social status.
Keeping the Knot TiedNovember 21, 2011China's economic development over the past 30 years has been accompanied by another rapidly growing, yet unenviable figure in another area - divorces.
Ideal Mates throughout New China HistoryNovember 17, 2011Marriage being a crucial commitment, Chinese women have taken due care since China's liberation when choosing their life partners.
China Sees Alarming Rise in DivorceNovember 13, 2011There are many social indicators to a country's development. Unfortunately, one of those signs seems to be a rising number of broken marriages.
Republican Runaways and RomanticsNovember 10, 2011The status of women in China rose from incubators of sons at the time of the First Opium War in 1840 to a vital element of the urban work force in contemporary times.
Changes in Chinese Love and Marriage ValuesNovember 1, 2011Chinese women's love and marriage values since the establishment of New China have moved beyond the demands of economic survival and changed according to political and social zeitgeist.
With This Click, I Thee WedOctober 29, 2011Online marriage game may be more than harmless romantic fantasy.