China’s lopsided gender gap

China’s lopsided gender gap

In 2008, China’s male population versus female population was 120:100. However, according to data compiled by matchmaking agencies, single females outnumber single males by 3:1. Director Song Fei of the marriage and family services of the center for development for women and children of Jilin province said there are more single women than single men. It is a common phenomenon. A study of Chinese matchmaking websites showed that the number of single women seeking partners was fourfold the number of men. Single men are concentrated in the rural areas while single women are concentrated in the cities. In Beijing, there are 800,000 single women. A pharmaceutical company in Changchun city said that the company does not tend to hire unmarried women who are over 30 years old because they tend to have more personality and psychological problems.

A 2012-2013 report on Chinese male and female views about marriage said that among the population born in the 1970s (who are referred to as those born after 1970 or “70 huo”), in the 1980s (born after 1980 or “80 hou”), and in the 1990s (born after 1990 or “90 hou”), there were 23,150,000 more males than females.

So does China have more males than females or does China have more females than males?

Such are the statistical data issued by the Chinese government and by provincial agencies. The Cantonese have a term for this. They call it “statistical clashes”.

Of course, Chinese government and nongovernment statistics are known to be very untrustworthy and outright unbelievable.

And so are all the cooked employment stats put out by the current administration.


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Victor Chen, herbalist, alternative healthcare lecturer, Chinese affairs analyst, retired journalist
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