Most men she is set up with don’t seem interested in casual dating.
These girls were lucky in many ways, and given opportunities that would once have been reserved for their brothers.
The demographic consequences of population controls have had a dramatic effect too.
In the late 1980s, China’s ancient cultural preference for males was bolstered by new and soon ubiquitous ultrasound technology which led to millions of baby girls being killed, abandoned or aborted: China now has one of the most imbalanced sex ratios in the world with around 114 boys for every 100 girls.
Those who do not comply are known as or “leftover women”, a phrase that has connotations of leftover, unwanted food.
In rural areas, women may be considered leftover at 25; in larger cities it kicks in closer to 30. Although marriages are no longer arranged, they are heavily monitored.