“I won’t die in peace unless you are married” is one of the many things single Chinese women over 25 have to hear from their parents.
Add to the pressure exerted by relatives, the intense stigmatization of these women who are often called “sheng nu” or “leftover women”; a term terribly hurtful for those who are yearning for love, but won’t settle for the traditional match-making.
These “Leftover women” struggle between respecting their parents’ wishes and their own wants and needs. One woman featured in the documentary-style video calls herself “selfish” and breaks down in tears saying she should “apologize” to her parents for disappointing them.
But in this very touching video commissioned by Japanese beauty giant SK-II, not everything is sad. These women reclaim their power over their own future in a great example of bravery.