Xiangqin Wave: A Close Look at Modern Chinese Dating Culture

Zheng Jing
2013 Academic Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies  
This is an empirical study of how conventional practice of Xiangqin (matchmaking) revives and forms a specific dating culture in modern China. Individuals' concrete experience of participating in various new forms of Xiangqin (i.e. commercial matchmaking websites and offline fairs, high-end matchmaking clubs, marriage-hunting services, matchmaking TV shows) are investigated. Through the perspective of commodification of intimacy and gender politics, the study argues that modern Chinese dating
more » ... rn Chinese dating culture are symbolically and practically shaped by the commercial society. Apparently, the intersection between economics and people's intimate interactions perpetuates class divisions in current China. The commercialization of Xiangqin also reinforces gender stereotypes. Nevertheless, it also contributes to women empowerment at the same time. A dating culture penetrated by market value creates conditions for women's increased sense of autonomy, greater control over intimate relationship, and equality between the sexes.
doi:10.5901/ajis.2013.v2n9p319 fatcat:a2tnmagus5hmjblyn4zwvk2wr4