The 3-S Profile
Born in 1978, Xiao Xiao is a young,vital and successful woman in all respects.However, increasingly over the past coupleof years, her parents have become more con-cerned about her personal life. They wonder(usually aloud) when she will finally marry.Her answer? "Don't rush me."
When Xiao Xiao was in university,countless boys asked her out. However,for the sake of her studies, she chose notto maintain a steady relationship. "I don'tremember when it happened, maybe when| was admitted to my doctorate degree pro-gram, or the time ! began to work, but sud-denly there were less available men around.During the day I have a lot of work to do. Atnight I have social occasions to attend. Evenwhen I was on a vacation, I began at 6 a.m.and only rested at 10 p.m.," she explains.Xiao Xiao hopes that her eventual partnerwill be at least five years older, with more orless the same educational background and adecent job.
The Single Cause
An old Chinese saying goes somethinglike this: "Only men will be left aside." Themeaning is that when they choose, womenwill always be able to easily marry. But con-sidering today's statistics, people may won-der if the old saying still holds any truth. 3-Swomen opt out of marriage not because theyare not attractive in many ways. On the con-trary, born in the 1970s, they have taken fulladvantage of China's reform and opening-up to the outside world, and further enjoythe benefits brought by being better educat-ed than their generational predecessors.