Voice of America on the consequences of China’s sex imbalance – partly due to policy, partly due to long embedded cultural favouritism. The result – mass internal migration from rural to urban areas for mate ‘hunting‘. Will it be able to rise peacefully unto itself?
As China continues to rise however, and as its middle class booms and fans outward of the metaphorical Great Wall… I feel this is eventually more a problem for host nations than for China itself. Its long history of sojourning Chinese only continues.
‘Normal birth ratios are 105 males for every 100 females. But in China, it is now about 120 to 100. Mara Hvistendahl says China has some history dealing with migration and sex imbalance.’
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China’s Emerging Migration Issue: Wife Hunting
Source – Voice of America, published December 20, 2012
The migration of people from one area to another has historically been related to some aspect of survival. In China, however, experts are looking at a phenomenon often overlooked as a cause for mass migration – men looking for a mate.
Chinese culture has always favored sons. But combining that preference with a one-child policy that has sought to control population growth and an advancement in technology that boosted safe abortions, China today has a population that is greatly skewed towards males.
The Population Reference Bureau based in Washington estimates China now has 41 million bachelors who will not have women to marry. That number is growing by some estimates to 55 million in less than 10 years. Many men in China are now moving, mostly from rural to urban areas, to look for a wife.
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