August 23, 20122 Comments

Video: Romance, Chinese style

From Youku Youtube version (English captions by Ministry of Tofu) Full text below: Love, the seemingly sacred and beautiful word, is no longer that simple these days. After the Chinese society went through roller-coaster changes in the past few years, marriage, this topic of significance, seems to be more than just a matter of love. The [...]

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April 9, 20122 Comments

Video: Ode to Older Unmarried Artistic Girls

This is a song that has been widely circulating around the Chinese cyberspace since 2009. Upon first hearing it, I immediately recognize the universal value in the type of frustration it expresses: not only is it relatable to women in China, but  perhaps also to many who live elsewhere in this industrialized world. (read our related [...]

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March 25, 20124 Comments

Post-1970s, Post-1980s, Post-1990s –  The enhanced Chinese generation gap

Note: Gil Hizi is Ministry of Tofu’s contributor. He is also the chief editor of website Thinking Chinese. China is giving great attention to the sharp differences between the 70hou (Post-1970s, Chinese born between 1970 and 1979), 80hou (Post-1980s, Chinese born between 1980 and 1989) and 90hou (Post-1990s, Chinese born between 1990 and 1999), as [...]

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October 3, 201115 Comments

How Americans view ‘Sister Feng,’ China’s most-hated reality star, and how Chinese respond to it

Here is a news story by New York Post, which gives you heads-up as to Sister Feng’s whereabouts. If you don’t know who Sister Feng is, read the story below. The most-hated woman in China is hiding out as a humble manicurist in Brooklyn. While anonymous in New York, Feng Luoyu, 26, wouldn’t be able [...]

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March 15, 20114 Comments

Picture of the day: standards set by Chinese women for finding a husband

    Three 180s: He must be as tall as 180 cm (nearly 6 feet), own a home as large as 180 square meters (roughly 1,940 square feet), and…um…180mm (7.08 inches), you know. Size matters.

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March 10, 20113 Comments

Same-sex wedding on street of conservative China

From Huanqiu A special same-sex wedding ceremony was performed on Guanggu Car-free Street in Wuhan, Hubei Province on March 8. The wedding, which has no legal status in China, is actually a performance art organized by Wuhan’s homosexual rights group in a bid to express the community’s yearning for recognition and understanding from the masses. [...]

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February 11, 20114 Comments

New custom of Chinese New Year: marriage-forcing

Jing: During Chinese New Year, the most often heard question for Chinese young people: “Are you dating someone now?” The most often heard New Year’s wish: “Wish you could bring a date home next Chinese New Year.” The most often heard news from relatives: “Look, *** has a date now.” Families’ marriage-forcing (bi hun, 逼婚) [...]

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February 1, 20112 Comments

Condom highly sought after as gift for Chinese New Year

From New Express Daily Right before Chinese New Year, a.k.a Spring Festival (tomorrow), shopping centers and supermarkets have geared up for people’s shopping spree. Condoms have been lined up alongside with other merchandise, such as health products and electric appliances, as red-hot New Year gifts and have found their way into people’s shopping carts. Some [...]

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January 11, 20116 Comments

Will you divorce your husband for RMB30 million? 70% Chinese women surveyed say yes.

From Mop A 40-year-old in Guangzhou has had an extramarital affair with a rich woman. Pregnant, the rich woman offered 30 million yuan (US$4.5 million) to the wife, asking her to divorce her husband. The news of the wife’s resolute refusal spread quickly all over the neighborhood. Most people think it was dumb of the [...]

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December 18, 2010No Comments

News photo of snowy weather exposes extramarital affair

From and Saturday, a news photo of pedestrians shivering in the chilly wind comes with the story The First Snow of This Winter on the front page of Wuxi Daily. The next day, a man made a phone call to the newspaper, lodging a complaint that the photo has captured him and his mistress [...]

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December 16, 20106 Comments

Chinese beauty artist known for erotica sparks debate on marriage with feminist remarks

From Wenxuecity and QQ : Yi Yang, member of International Artists Association and a Chinese artist, has gained wide fame on the Internet for her paintings focusing on erotica. Her works on display in the streets of Beijing have come under fire. She came up with a catchy slogan “Leftover women, do not get married! Let’s [...]

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November 27, 201012 Comments

Material greed of Chinese women turns Chinese men off; Western women become popular

Li Lei published on the Web an article titled “Chinese men love Western women,” asking Western women living in Beijing if they are willing to foster a long-term and serious relationship with a Chinese man. By long-term and serious relationship, he means marriage. In China, there are way fewer Chinese men marrying Western women than Chinese [...]

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November 17, 2010No Comments

China’s census gives rise to paternity test, distrust; netizens’ comments and our thoughts

Original article here China’s census at the beginning of the month fueled a boom in paternity test. According to the Southern Medical University in Guangzhou, since October, they have given 260 paternity tests because of on account of requirement by family register, a surge comapred with three to five tests every month on average. Tai Yunchun, [...]

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