Chinese state media is reportedly praising the non-Chinese women that come to China and marry Chinese men, easing the bachelor crisis that the country is currently facing.
Chinese men have long been facing the gender imbalance caused by the “one-child policy” and a culture that favors male children over females that manifests in many men being unable to find a wife. As China is headed into a demographic disaster, many men in the coming years will be forced to forgo the idea of marriage.
For the men that do decide to throw their dice into the game, they face stiff competition — so they need to have the complete package in order to snag a mate. And while this has traditionally translated to an excellent education from a prestigious school making beaucoup bucks, it now seems to mean something much, much more.
In one example of this something more, actor Xu Xiaoguong painted a portrait of his Korean wife, Choo Ja-hyun, moving her to tears. “I didn’t expect him to paint so well,” she said between sobs.
“Chinese men have also surprised me with sexiness, where I never would have expected it. One guy once invited me to lunch at our favorite restaurant, and ended up hoisting my legs onto his lap (it’s still one of the hottest lunches I’ve ever had). Another time, I balanced on a bicycle frame between him and his handlebars, as he peddled all the way to our restaurant, with his arms tightly around me.”
From People’s Daily Online, a third voice vouches for Chinese husbands:
“‘It takes great strength for such an honest man as him to confess that he loves me,’ said Anna, a Russian lady who married a Chinese man in 2007, whom she first met in 2004. She thinks that the most attractive quality of Chinese men is the sense of responsibility.”
The publication (and, certainly, many Chinese citizens) hopes that this infatuation with Chinese men continues, alleviating the bachelor burden caused by the now-lifted one-child policy.