Wednesday, February 3, 2016

IS IT TIME TO BUY A MARITAL SPOUSE?

IS IT TIME TO BUY A MARITAL SPOUSE?

Parks as open spaces have been designed for rest and relaxation.  Activities designed for fitness have oftentimes found their niche at major public parks and playgrounds.

But the People’s Park of Shanghai, China is quite different.  On weekends, it serves as a marriage market.  Literally speaking, a market where you can window shop your spouse to be.

IS IT TIME TO BUY A MARITAL SPOUSE?

The perfect wife or husband material may have been waiting for you at the People’s Park.  The marriage market is like a dating site on a more personalized way.  Parents list advertisements on behalf of their children with the aim of finding the lifetime partner for them.

The marriage market at Shanghai is actually a rendezvous for parents whose children remains unmarried.  The parents walk around chatting with other parents to see if their standards are met.  It appears like a matchmaking activity on a more serious note as this is not only about blind dating, but spending your lifetime with someone your parents have decided.  When pierced, it is actually a fixed or arranged marriage.

Most parents don’t have permission from their children to attend to this event.  Attached to long strings, all of their children’s information is written on a piece of paper which is then hung on the corner walls and some posted on umbrellas that surround.

IS IT TIME TO BUY A MARITAL SPOUSE?

IS IT TIME TO BUY A MARITAL SPOUSE?IS IT TIME TO BUY A MARITAL SPOUSE?

IS IT TIME TO BUY A MARITAL SPOUSE?
  
There are pictures scattered as well.  It really appears like a market and the single adults’ profile are the menu. I honestly pity the parents for this traditional set-up but they too have reasons we need to understand.  This is the beauty of contrast.  I tend to dig deeper into the reasons why this is happening.  And I surmise this has something to do with culture that we need to respect.

IS IT TIME TO BUY A MARITAL SPOUSE?

IS IT TIME TO BUY A MARITAL SPOUSE?

I witnessed someone holding a megaphone and speaking as if protesting.  He was positioned at the center of the park.  His facial expression and the presence of television crew documenting the act makes me conclude he is raising an important national issue.  He speaks in Mandarin so I have no way to confirm.  But whatever it is, it must be something connected to the holding of a marriage market.


How about you, would you be willing to give out your personal information to find your lifetime partner?

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