Osu dating show
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In one episode, when a potential groom asked the parents how many relationships their daughters had had, all the parents said their daughters either had never dated or had never brought a man home. “She’s basically a blank page.” In an interview with the Jiefang Daily newspaper, the show’s director, Yao Yao, said she was struck by how anxious the parents on the show were about their children’s marriages.
“Inviting parents here, getting their approval, is a way of avoiding many unnecessary problems,” she said.
For male candidates, parents’ biggest concern appears to be their finances.
For women, it helps to be young, pretty and innocent seeming.
If that challenges Confucian traditions, the show’s format hews more closely to them.
The basic format lines up several young men or women against five sets of parents.
Only candidates approved by the parents are allowed to meet their children.“The presence of the parents, who are the decision makers in many young people’s marriages, and their blunt opinions contribute to the show’s appeal,” said Zhou Xiaopeng, a relationships counselor on the dating website Baihe. Zhou said the weekly show evoked China’s tradition of arranged marriages, in which family elders hired matchmakers to find spouses for their children.Although arranged marriages were discouraged after the fall of the last imperial dynasty in 1911 and banned by the Republican government in the 1930s, Chinese millennials, often portrayed as the excessively indulged and protected products of the one-child family policy, now find themselves yielding to parents who are ready to provide them with everything, even a spouse.Since “Chinese Dating” made its debut in late December, it has drawn viewers and generated lively discussions on China’s social networks.A Weibo page for “Chinese Dating” has been visited 177 million times, and the first three episodes had more than 200 million views online. The top-rated “If You Are the One” turned several contestants into celebrities through their provocative statements, such as “I’d rather cry in a BMW than laugh on a bicycle.” What’s different about “Chinese Dating” is that it gives parents power over their children’s choices, a power many viewers say reflects Chinese society today.