China's 'Bachelor Villages'

March 29, 2012

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(Photo courtesy of Deborah Jian Lee and Sushma Subramanian)
Chen Hongchang’s father teases his son for failing to find a wife.
(Photo courtesy of Deborah Jian Lee and Sushma Subramanian)
Chen Suchiang prepares a meal of fried fish, bittermelon and omelettes for his friends.
(Photo courtesy of Deborah Jian Lee and Sushma Subramanian)
All of the women in the Gao Po village left to find jobs elsewhere.
(Photo courtesy of Deborah Jian Lee and Sushma Subramanian)
Many men in the Gao Po village will likely be bachelors forever.

In China, marriage-age men outnumber women by the millions. Experts predict that by 2020, the number of men unable to find wives will reach the population of Texas. Many men have taken on traditionally female roles in the community like caregiving. Deborah Jian Lee and Sushma Subramanian recently visited bachelor village Gao Po, where men face the likely prospect of never finding wives. They tell Worldview what they found.

Reporting for this article was funded by a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Rechard Li contributed reporting.

 

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