After an almost ‘pressure-free’ five years in Hong Kong, I moved back to Shanghai earlier this month. It was a hard decision. I have friends and a relationship in Hong Kong, but my career and my family are in Shanghai. And something else kept me from staying in Shanghai: I know what I would face as a single Chinese woman who has passed 28 years old.
Chinese social norms ‘require’ women to marry young. It’s an outdated tradition but it still exists and prevails here, in this country with the second biggest economy in the world. So why with all that pressure, is there still an increasing population of single women in China, our so-called “Leftover Women”?
The reasons, or conflicts, are rooted in three layers.