I just asked her if she felt less happy after US bank Lehman Brother’s went bankrupt in september 2008.
Yes, of course, was her answer. Since that moment my happiness index plummeted to very low levels. Before all was ok, also thanks to Lehman Brothers but now….
“What’s the exact score now”, I asked. Well, at most 45. And before? “Well, at minimum 78″.
I followed up with, “Would you still marry me now, you know, considering the financial crisis and so..?”
“No, of course not. Don’t you know, foreigners don’t care about saving. They just spend it, they’re not responsible, they don’t want long term wealth”
“So what now”, I asked. “Well, better to divorce”, she said. “A score of 45 is less than 50 so no good.”
Yes, it’s hard but luckily fiction based on a brilliant article in the local waste paper aka Shanghai Daily that quotes research from the website Hongniang.com.
And so life in China continues to be lived in stereo types. Better think twice before marrying that foreigner!! (unspecified if he’s Asian, European, North/South American, African or god forbid Oceanic)
By the way, We’re still happy.
FOREIGN men have been losing their attraction as potential husbands for unmarried Chinese women since the global financial crisis started, a survey by a matchmaker Website shows.
The survey, carried out by www.hongniang.com, used the US banker Lehman Brothers’ bankruptcy in September 2008 as a starting point.
Before the crisis, 6,594 women who were married to foreign husbands reported an average score of happiness worth 72. For women aged 25-30 the score was 76 and for women aged 31-40, 68.
After the crisis, the average score dropped to 54 for the 4,377 surveyed, with scores of 63 for the group aged 25-30 and 45 for the group aged 31-40.
The Website did not say how the scores were calculated.
The proportion of women who were willing to marry a foreign man slumped from 42.5 percent to 16.8 percent. And 68 percent now prefer to marry a Chinese man as a first choice, compared with 53 percent before the crisis started, according to the survey.
The change reflects the fact that Chinese women prefer a stable lifestyle, said
Fang Fang, a marriage adviser of hongniang.com.
She said Chinese paid more attention to the accumulation of wealth and felt unsafe without savings, while most foreigners did not care that much about saving.