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China’s declining marriage rates are influenced by preferences for living solo, rising education levels among women and a greater willingness to defy parental expectations

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oung Chinese are more open to questioning traditional values, as their comments in a response to an article on falling marriage rates reveal. "Loyalty in marriages is ever diminishing, and one can be very happy alone," wrote one commenter. "Why [seek] out a burden?"
8 months ago
Sky Canaves
By Sky Canaves
Sky Canaves previously reported for The Wall Street Journal in Beijing and Hong Kong, where she covered media, culture, social issues, and legal affairs, and served as the founding editor and lead writer of the WSJ’s China Real Time site. Prior to becoming a journalist, Sky worked in the China corporate law practice of Baker & McKenzie, and she has also taught journalism and media law at the University of Hong Kong. She speaks Mandarin and has accumulated more than a decade's experience living, studying and working in China.
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