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‘Leftover Woman’ Spends 16000¥ For Dating Site, Still Single

A 41-year-old woman who spent over 16000¥ (±2500 US$) in service fees to a matchmaking company is still single. She is now suing the company.

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A 41-year-old woman who spent over 16000 Chinese yuan (±2500 US$) in service fees to a matchmaking company is still single. She is now suing the company.

A woman called ‘Mrs. Wang’ (alias) spent 16000 yuan to become a member of a Beijing matchmaking company. Mrs. Wang says the company only arranged two dates for her, after which they did not introduce her to any other men. Since she feels the company has breached their agreement, she took the issue to court.

Wang first came to the matchmaking company in October of 2013 to find a suitable partner. She paid 10,000¥ (about 1560 US$) in service fees and wrote down no other requirements for her possible match than ‘unmarried’ and ‘undergraduate education level’. Nevertheless, the matchmaking company seemed to have trouble finding a right match for her, and advised Wang to pay another 6000 Chinese yuan in fees to give her an upgrade to ‘VIP member’. If she would not agree, there would be no other men to introduce her to.

Although Wang paid the money, no other dates were arranged for her. The dating company’s manager said that because of her age, it was difficult to find a divorced or unmarried man (Sina News: “我这个年龄要找离异未育的或者未婚的,不好找”).

The news was reported by several Chinese media outlets, such as 365 News and Sina News, referring to the woman as a “leftover woman” (剩女) in their headlines.

Single women older than 27 are often defined as “leftover women” in Chinese media. Although there are around 20 million more men under 30 than women under 30 (Fincher 2014, 4), there is still a general conception that women over 30 are “too old” to get married (also read our article: “50% of Chinese Men Think Single Women Aged 25 Are ‘Leftovers“).

63b2e4940440c83b389833abeff4ec71Actress Liu Ruoying (Weibo). 

Earlier this year, Taiwanese actress Liu Ruoying published a book about finding love after 41. Liu (1970) was once known as the “representative of the older leftover women” (大龄剩女代表). She is now, as she says, “a happy wife and mother”. Her book is called “Dare To Be Lonely In Someone Else’s Arms”.

This morning, Wang and the Beijing dating company reached a settlement in the court of Chaoyang (Beijing). Wang would not get her membership money back, but was returned the 6000¥ (940 US$) she had paid to become a ‘VIP member’.

By Manya Koetse

References

Fincher, Leta Hong. 2014. Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China. London & New York: Zed Books.

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Manya Koetse is the editor-in-chief of www.whatsonweibo.com. She is a writer and consultant (Sinologist, MPhil) on social trends in China, with a focus on social media and digital developments, popular culture, and gender issues. Contact at manya@whatsonweibo.com, or follow on Twitter.

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Oil Tanker Truck Explosion Sends Shock Waves through Wenling, Zhejiang

A major oil tanker explosion has left over a hundred people injured and at least ten dead in Wenling, Zhejiang.

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On June 13, the explosion of an oil tanker truck has caused chaos in the city of Wenling in China’s Zhejiang province, leaving at least 112 127 people injured and nine 10 people dead.

The explosion took place in the afternoon at approximately 16:40 near the exit of the G15 Shenhai highway, causing a loud bang and wrecking some homes in the vicinity.

The hashtag “Zhejiang Wenling Tanker Wagon Explosion” (#浙江温岭槽罐车爆炸#) and other related hashtags (#浙江温岭一油罐车爆炸#) are attracting millions of views on social media site Weibo on Saturday evening (local time), with Chinese media and netizens sharing the footage of the damage caused by the explosion.

“My god, this is so scary,” a typical comment on Weibo says, with many people expressing their shock over the major incident.

Emergency and rescue workers are currently still at the scene to assist victims and clear away the wreckage caused by the explosion.

On Saturday night around 21:15 local time, Chiense state media outlet CCTV was still broadcasting a live stream through Weibo showing the latest images and footage of the situation and interviewing injured people in the hospital.

Local authorities and Chinese media are warning people not to go near Wenling’s Daxi to keep the roads clear for rescue workers.

Meanwhile, people on Chinese social media are spreading praying emoji’s and candles, expressing their sympathies for the victims of today’s explosion.

By Manya Koetse

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China’s Shulan City in “Wartime Mode” after Recording 13 COVID-19 Infections

Local authorities announced a “wartime mode” lockdown due to 13 new local coronavirus cases in Shulan.

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The city of Shulan in China’s Jilin Province is top trending on Chinese social media today after local authorities announced a “wartime mode” lockdown due to 13 new local coronavirus cases.

These are the first local infections in the entire province after a period of 73 days, China News reports, with other previous cases all being infections from abroad.

Last week, on May 7th, a female resident was the first to be tested positive for COVID-19. The city in northeast China is now the only place in the PRC to be marked as “high risk.”

One page on social media platform Weibo dedicated to the topic of Shulan going into “wartime mode” (“战时状态”) had received over 190 million views by Monday evening local time.

What does this “wartime mode” entail?
– All residents stay home, lockdown of residential compounds
– All public places closed
– Schools closed
– All public transportation suspended
– No more selling of fever-reducing medicine in clinics or stores

According to CGTN, a total of 290 people who have been in close contact with the infected patients have been traced and placed under medical observation.

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By Manya Koetse (@manyapan)
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