Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Martians and Venetians

Above is a very interesting survey conducted by a Chinese dating website. On the left are male's minimum expected income for female; on the right female's minimum expected income for male. Each gender is further divided into three age groups: those were born after 1990, 1980, and 1970. The left most column lists provinces in mainland China.

For example, a 30 year old Shanghai man looks for a woman with minimum income of RMB 3,146 Yuan ($525) per month, while a similar age woman looks for a man with minimum income of RMB 8,562 Yuan ($1,430) per month. In other words, an ideal match between a man and a woman requires a 1:3 salary ratio.

And it should be put into the context of the movement that men should do all the housework alone.

Last night, 2 billion Chinese around the globe cheered Ang Lee's Oscar 'best directing' award for Life of Pi (2012). This is the second best director Academy Award after his 2005 Brokeback Mountain.

Little had been said on Lee's life upon arrival in Hollywood. Lee remained unemployed for six years, during which time his wife Jane Lin, a molecular biologist was the sole breadwinner for the family of four.

When Chinese intellectuals are reflecting how the communist rules are suffocating innovations in China, perhaps they can also mull on how the modern marriage settings are affecting the economy.

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