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Online Matchmaking In China
Subject: Online Matchmaking In China
Send date: 2011-11-09 11:28:53
Issue #: 110
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Online Matchmaking in China

Among traditional Chinese families, it is the practice of children to marry within their own social class. Although no longer as vigorously enforced among present-day Chinese—especially those living in the more prosperous cities and those based abroad— this age-old rule still exerts some influence over marital decisions.

Emerging out of feudal China, where interactions were rare among youth who were neither next-door neighbors nor relations, this practice produced the need for a well connected intermediary who could arrange marriages among families of the same social class. Out of this need, the profession of matchmaker emerged. From Profession to Industry.

Better than Opium

Chairman Mao himself sided with Karl Marx who said religion is the opiate of the people. They’re both probably right. History shows nothing can motivate men to fight to the death more than religion can. Such is its power that it can also make people meek and submissive even in the face of brutal injustice.

No wonder religion has always been a touchy issue. Some observers would even say Chinese authorities today are ready to use religion, specifically Buddhism, to silence criticisms against the government’s checkered human rights record and quell any possible unrest. (A recent state-supported gathering of Buddhists in Hangzhou was seen as a move to improve China’s image that has been tarnished by Beijing’s crackdowns on journalists, Internet writers, civil rights advocates, and academics.) Whether or not that is true is still the subject of many heated debates. Alive and kicking.

Better Pill for China (Second of Two Parts)

As part of its crackdown on counterfeit medicine manufacturers, Chinese authorities want to make cheaper drugs available to the public. These, after all, sell better than the genuine articles in rural areas. Government figures show some 80% of hot medicines land in makeshift clinics or roadside bazaars in the countryside.

This is good news to pharmaceutical companies that have now ventured to remote areas to expand and strengthen their 70% market dominance. Huanan Pharmaceutical Group, Guangzhou Ruobei Huale, and Baiyunshan Pharmaceutical Group are just a few among those selling generic products in non-urban areas since two years ago. By shifting the focus away from the cities, these domestic drug manufacturers aim to offset losses they had incurred in recent years. Better Pills.

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