“Who will marry my daughter?”


“Who will marry my daughter?”: Shanghai Parental Match-Making Corner and the Zhiqing Generation

Peidong Sun
Department of History, Fudan University

Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies, University of Melbourne

Venue: Room 321, Level 3, Sidney Myer Asia Centre, The University of Melbourne
Date: 5.30pm to 7.00pm, Thursday 31 July 2014

This seminar explores the parental Matchmaking Corner in Shanghai, where many parents, who had been sent down to the countryside for re-education in their teens during the Maoist years, locate prospects for their children. Based on participant observation and interviews, it reveals a complicated picture of parental matchmaking practices and new expectations of marriage from the parents’ perspectives, as well as parental concerns, anxieties, and frustrations about the marriage market in a changing urban environment.

To register and for further information please contact Fiona Ross at china-centre@unimelb.edu.au

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