Contestants watch a video of a male contestant on electronic screens during the recording of an episode of popular Chinese matchmaking television show "If You Are the One" in Beijing September 24, 2011.Dating in China sounds ever-more depressing, with stories about "leftover women" and lonely male "bare branches" becoming all too common-place.The sad demographics that create these stories are undeniable — thanks in part to China's one child policy, China may soon be looking at 12 to 15 percent of its male population being unable to ever find a wife.
Larmer describes one of Yang's newest jobs — finding a wife for a divorced 42-year-old property mogul willing to spend half a million on the hunt. Big, as I’ll call him — he insisted that [matchmaking service] Diamond Love not reveal his name — is a member of China’s fuyidai, the “first-generation rich” who have leapt from poverty to extreme wealth in a single bound, often jettisoning their first wives in the process.
Diamond Love’s clientele also includes many fuerdai, or “second-generation-rich,” men and women in their 20s and 30s whose search is often bankrolled by wealthy parents keen on exerting control over their marital choices as well as the family inheritance. Big are accustomed to being the boss and can be the most uncompromising clients. Big had an excruciatingly specific requirement for his second wife.