Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Even dating in China is connected to the Party

The Party in one part of China is worried about the dating prospects of its members.

China’s Communist Youth League sets up dating service
A branch of the Communist Youth League in eastern China has established a unit to help young people find romance, state media reported.

The service has been set up in the Zhejiang province branch of the national organisation…

The league’s Zhejiang branch held a huge dating party on Sunday in Hangzhou, with about 5,000 people attending, the China News Service reported.

The event was also organised by a dating website and young people attending included single people working in the information technology, e-commerce and finance sectors.

Among the events at the party was a speed dating event where people taking part had eight minutes to chat to a date before moving on to the next.

More than 500 people succeeded in finding a potential date at the party, the report said…

The new unit was established to meet the changing needs of young people, an official at the league in Zhejiang told the South China Morning Post.

“The circle of friends of youngsters has narrowed due to the heavy work pressure in modern society,” the official said, who did not give her full name. “Some young people and their parents also asked whether we can serve as a bridge,” she said.

China’s latest census in 2010 revealed that 2.47 per cent of women aged 30 or over are not married, up from 0.92 per cent in 2000, the China News Service reported…
In one scene of the speed dating tables, things looked good.

 However, at another table, some participants didn't look so happy.

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