That’s traditional in Chinese society – what’s new is that, as in other parts of East Asia which have become far more prosperous in the last few decades, the financial independence of women has led to deep changes below the surface.According to the Asia Research Institute, the average age of marriage for women in Hong Kong is now over 30, higher than in the West as a whole, and up five years in just three decades. There’s also been an increase in women in their 30s who have never married, as well as an increase in the rate of divorce – both mirrored in mainland society as time goes on.Even in the kids' late teens and early 20s, mom and dad are creeping on their text messages.When Ben Seewald jokingly wrote to fiancee Jessa, "Give me a ring," Jim Bob actually jumped in on the group text, writing "No ring yet." With a smiley face emoticon. Whatever you think of him, Jim Bob needs his own Instagram so he can start posting screen shots of this stuff.The Hong Kong woman, stereotype has it, wants it both ways – to be considered an equal and arguably a superior, and still get the benefit of traditional gender roles when it suits her.But remember – the city is full of men and women from elsewhere in China as well as a myriad of other countries, and relying on stereotypes for your information is a dangerous game.
How much that really helps the situation they were responding to remains to be seen.
Dating is traditional in the Western sense – the man is supposed to pay, bring a small gift, possibly take the woman home in a taxi before heading home himself.
If he knows what’s good for him, he’d better buy flowers and spring for a classy dinner on Valentine’s Day.
Hong Kong people do go on dates, and asking a woman out is not an intention to marry.
However, a relationship that has moved steadily along for a few months carries an implicit goal of marriage along with it, and that even the most modern woman probably frowns on the idea of dating ‘just for fun’, even if she is liberal-minded in most ways.