Chinese Voices Project: Friends and Family
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A Modern Chinese Wedding
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While each couple adds their own personal touch to the ceremony, every exchange of vows is accompanied by jovial toasts, parental tears, and lots of hong bao all around.
Sons and Daughters
(1.1 / 475)
The one-child policy is often ignored by
the urban elite, for whom a larger family is a sign of status and a son
a social necessity.
The Child Who Never Returned
(1.1 / 385)
When career comes before family for parents,
it's the children who stand to lose.
Taking Care of Daddy
(1.2 / 325)
Aging parents in China can count on their
children to help look after them. They've sometimes got their own ideas,
though, about how to spend their leisure time.
Looking for Love Online
(1.4 / 406)
Dating websites have become very popular
in Beijing, where posting the right kind of personals ad can yield dozens
of replies within minutes. Whether their interest is the kind you're looking
for is another question altogether.
Trouble with the Inlaws
(1.4 / 257)
A familiar source of tension for married
couples can take on a new intensity when both partners are from single-child
Going Home for the Holiday?
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This can be a depressing question in Beijing,
where a chronic shortage of train tickets makes it difficult for many
residents to get home for Spring Festival.
Will You Be My Valentine?
(1.5 / 291)
Valentine's Day is catching on in Beijing
as a favorite holiday for lovers, merchants, and chocolate addicts. Though
the American rituals are making a big splash, they do have traditional
counterparts in China and Japan.
The Gay / Lesbian Scene in Beijing
(1.4 / 262)
Attitudes towards homosexuality are rapidly
becoming more accepting in China's major cities. Bars catering to "comrades"
and "lalas" abound. For foreign visitors, though, the social
rules may take some getting used to.
No Wedding in a Widow Year
(1.5 / 497)
A quirk in the lunar calendar makes this
an inauspicious year for getting married, and many couples rushed to tie
the knot before New Years Day. Their friends may wonder, though, whether
such haste will bring good fortune in the end.
The Meaning of Love
(1.6 / 442)
The thought of a single woman adopting a
child might strike many in China as odd--at least until they heard her
Memories of Tomb Sweeping Day
(1.6 / 428)
Expectations of filial piety in China extend
after a parent's death. Their fulfillment in the rituals of Tomb Sweeping
Day can make a lasting impression on the children who are brought along
to take part.
(1.6 / 497)
Your aging mother is working in a Mahjong
parlor for $65 per month and could really use some of that money you've
put aside for your college education. What do you do?
Chinese Lantern Festival
(1.8 / 342)
This favorite festival of Chinese children
can be a bittersweet experience whose lanterns aren't quite up to snuff.