My Wife Wants to Divorce Me

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

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.

Thanks to a tweet of retweeting
(Next article will be based on a tweet of a retweet of a retweet)

If you want to read the full article, proceed hereafter.

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, 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

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.

Source: SH

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3 Responses to “My Wife Wants to Divorce Me”

  1. Mike
    March 25th, 2009 12:01

    From a Xin Hua jewel I read a month ago:

    “Li Hongyan, a senior nutritionist from Shanghai Tongmai Food Co Ltd, suggests that when mixing different foods, people have to look out for those that might result in bad reactions.

    “She offers some tips for Shanghai Daily readers.”

    Shrimp and vitamin C

    If someone eats shrimps and also takes a lot of vitamin C on the same day, he or she is taking a serious risk. Shrimps contain a compound which reacts with vitamin C becoming the poison arsenic.

    This “advice” from a “senior” nutritionist is nothing else than a well known and documented urban legend.

  2. Abby
    May 18th, 2009 01:07

    Hi there,

    I just read a few posts in your blog, quite interesting. Only it would be better if you write more frequently. Guess you might be busy with other things in life.

    I will be soon starting my blog, one that focus on expat life in shanghai. I will write feature for this group of people in shanghai, and fit them in different categories in my blog. it will be a chinese blog, so will be a way for my interviewees to get publicity in the chinese community as well. Kind of a win-win situation on both sides.

    I am thinking of writing about foreigners who marry chinese women after reading this post of yours. We can discuss possibilties of an interview if you are interested. Of course, i can and will link your blog to mine.

    You can add my msn or write to for further discussion.



  3. Fili An
    July 14th, 2009 08:39

    That’s just brilliant.

    The little people always pay the price. How is saving going to help anyone if it’s all flushed down the toilet in the nearest financial crisis? maybe spending it all as we get it makes sense.

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