Divorce in China

In class yesterday we talked about how marriage can often times be an economic arrangement. I thought this article about divorce in China brought up some really interesting points about that. The article talks about how money can contribute to these quick marriages and divorces.

“Given these money worries, young people may see economic benefits of moving in together as soon as possible, to get out of the parental home and to save money. Even after marriage, many couples remain financially dependent on their parents, causing more problems.”

Additionally, the article mentions the one-child policy’s role in marriages and divorces. It mentions the problems that arise when neither parent wants to take custody of a child after the divorce. Often times the parents don’t want to take custody because they want to ensure family security in their next marriage with a child. This seemed particularly interesting to me because not only are people seeking economic and individual freedom through their marriage, but also are looking to secure familial relations as is apparent from the one-child policy’s role in divorce. It seems like they’re trying to achieve individual freedom, yet hold on to the stability of a family structure. I also thought it was interesting that a non-Western country is seeing an increase in divorce rates, which is typically thought of as a Western problem.

 

http://www.npr.org/2010/11/09/131200166/china-s-me-generation-sends-divorce-rate-soaring

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One thought on “Divorce in China

  1. This is a really interesting article…it’s true, especially in India I feel, that people brand divorce as a western phenomenon. While it is true that divorce rates in India have gone up recently, India still has one of the lowest divorce rates in the world. I don’t know if/how soon this will change in India, as the reasons for marriage and divorce in China, according to the article, seem very different than how many marriages happen in India. Another post on arranged marriage on this blog I think said that some large number, like 90% of all marriages in India are arranged, so with the hands of the families involved in a marriage I think it would be much harder to separate, versus a quick decision made by two young people that begets some economic benefits. Tying into the discussion of virginity, the article doesn’t mention any social ramifications a woman would have in finding another husband after a failed marriage, which might be more complicated in an Indian setting.

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