Asians are marrying later, and less, than in the past


An interesting piece in The Economist on the decline of marriage in Asia. It appears that the ladies are sick of playing second fiddle to those Asian men and are getting educated and staying single. Can you blame them?

Some points from the article:

  • In the richest parts—Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong—the mean age of wedlock is now 29-30 for women, 31-33 for men.
  • In 2010 a third of Japanese women entering their 30s were single.
  • Only 30 years ago, just 2% of women were single in most Asian countries.
  • The number of children the average East Asian woman can expect to have during her lifetime—the fertility rate—has fallen from 5.3 in the late 1960s to below 1.6 now.
  • China has coined new terms to describe the two groups: sheng-nu (left-over women) and guang gun (bare branches, or men who will not add to the family tree).

Read the full article here: