Articles on dating and marriage

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These new shows were ways for singles to get to know each other in a fun, flirty environment.And for those who had little dating experience, it was a model for courtship; soon, the viewing public was able to reconceptualize ideas of love, relationships and marriage.But over the past 30 years, these customs have been upended.

By the late 2000s, dating shows needed to continue to evolve in order to compete with other programs.At the same time, traditional courtship and marriage rituals were evaporating.For example, in 1970, only 1.8 percent of couples lived together before marriage.However, even in the wake of political change and globalization, many families still held the traditional Chinese belief that women, unlike men, belonged in the home, and that their parents had the final say over whom they could marry.So when a TV show like “Television Red Bride” (), came from a 1944 speech by Mao Zedong.

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