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Performing GriefBridal Laments in Rural China$
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Anne E. McLaren

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832322

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832322.001.0001

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(p.116) Afterword
Performing Grief

Anne E. McLaren

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines changes in the Nanhui region by the end of the twentieth century. In the period of economic reform and the “one-child policy,” there have been significant changes in marriage practices in the delta region, including Nanhui. As before, local economics drives the specifics of the marriage market. However, now that families commonly have one child, the parents cannot afford to lose the labor and care of their only child and are thus unwilling to accept the incorporation of their son or daughter into another family. For this reason, it has become less common for married couples to live with the groom's family. A survey of parents over forty years of age also showed that many believe that it was better to have girls rather than boys because “girls were more filial and obedient than boys; they can manage household affairs and look after the elderly.”

Keywords:   economic reform, China, Nanhui region, one-child policy

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