All the Single Ladies! Why Does China’s “Leftover Women” Phenomenon Exist?

Watch out folks, there’s a new breed of women in town. China’s notorious shengnv (剩女)—literally translated as “leftover women”—are the lucky ladies who’ve reached the age of 27, but have not yet married. This term was added to China’s Ministry of Education official word list in 2007, and the government has been aggressively using it to warn women what will happen if they don’t marry early. Leftover women, sharing a name with the sloppy doggy bags carrying remnants of meals gone by, is an interesting social phenomenon in China. Why are these ladies being set apart? Why don’t men want them? In a land with a male dominated gender imbalance, how can this be happening?

Li Bingbing—a leftover lady herself—in “I Do”, a film on the phenomenon. Photo: Read More>>

Top 7 Financial Tips for Expats in China

Being away from your homeland has its advantages, but it also most certainly has disadvantages. As a financial advisor, one of the biggest problems I see with foreigners living in China lays in the realm of finance. This isn’t necessarily due to not making enough money – on the contrary many foreigners living here have high salaries with great benefits. Rather, the big problem is managing, growing and protecting the money you make.

In China, you don’t have the NSA, or 401(k)’s, or Superannuations. So, when planning your finances, you’re all on your own with little... Read More>>

Lost in Mistranslation

I’ll start by coming clean – after nine years in China, my Chinese still isn’t very good. The main reason, I think, is the lack of incentive. I speak to my wife and sons in English and it’s the main language at my work as well. Now, my workmates speak the language quite well but they’re comfortable with basic, functional English. They’re not so familiar with some of the more advan... Read More>>

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