China's "leftover women" are intelligent and charming: Foreigner

China's "leftover women" are intelligent and charming: Foreigner

China Daily's forum contributors offer their perspectives on the term "shengnu" - directly translated as "leftover women".

It was coined to refer to white-collar females who remain unwed by their late 20s.

There has been a great deal of hype in China about "shengnu". Here are what some foreigners have to say about these "leftover women".


Mature, intelligent and successful.

No idea why so many Chinese men don't want them. Same reason many men in China don't want to date a woman with a higher degree or more money I guess. Seems crazy to me.

Canadian_Ethan (Canada)

I am engaged now to a Chinese woman who is two steps "worse" than leftover. She is 39, has a nine-year-old son and is divorced. I was not looking for a Chinese woman, just a "good" woman. She seemed to fit the bill when I accidentally met her through work.

I feel like it is a savage, chauvinistic thing to suggest that a woman is "left-over" because she is older than 35. This is something that may have been common in western countries 100+ years ago, but we have developed beyond that now. Women are considered equal in almost every way.

Smaug (US)

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