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Chaoji Shengnu Episode 33: A Comeuppance

Money can't always buy you face

11·08·2013

Chaoji Shengnu Episode 33: A Comeuppance

Money can't always buy you face

11·08·2013

“Chezi, fangzi, piaozi,” or “house, car, and money” are the holy trinity of “yao qiu,” or “requirements” that some Chinese women (but most often, their families) are known to base their search of a mate on. They are a throwback to the 1980’s and the days of the 3 响 or “3 rounds and a sound,” when it was common for a groom’s family to provide their new daughter-in-law with a bicycle, a watch, and a sewing machine, plus a radio or an alarm clock. By the 1990’s, these three objects were upgraded to include a TV, a fridge, and a washing machine, but since China’s economic boom, the sky is the limit.

While material assets can certainly be lovely, Chaoji Shengnü would like to remind a few ladies out there that they aren’t everything…
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Granny: “Take this neighborhood boy into consideration as your marriage partner, he has a house, a car and money; you should get married with him; he will be a good husband.”
Leftover woman: “Ayaya!”

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Leftover woman: “House, car and money these kinds of external factors are not the most important things, a marriage partner’s internal side is important too.”

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He has a house, car and money, BUT he doesn’t have mianzi (面子,face, prestige, reputation).

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Granny: “Aya, we’d better wait, or find another man.”

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Translated by Alicia Zhang.