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            2013/02/01   from Wall Street Journal  by Joy Chen

     Dear fellow parents,
     Spring Festival is approaching! You must be so eagerly anticipating your daughter's return home.What wisdom will you impart during your short time together?
     'Hurry, hurry, get married!'
     If you're like many parents, you'll hurry her to get married. Ideally, to a multi-millionaire. A multi-millionaire who's also a gourmet chef, family doctor, and multiple-passport holder. Because if you could get her safely adopted by a husband like that, you could rest knowing she forever will be secure.

    I understand. Because I too have daughters, two of them, though mine are still small. Being parents means living with our hearts outside of our bodies. We just want to know our kids are OK. We just want them to be safe and secure.
    And for centuries in China, marriage was the sole source of security available to a woman. Security was her lifetime guarantee in return for her lifetime of service to husband and family.

    But we are living in times of radical change.
    Divorce now is exploding across China

    While parents are thinking about how to get their daughters married off, married couples are thinking about whether to get divorced.

    Once known for its stable marriages, China now suffers from the 'China-style divorce;' one-third of marriages in Shanghai and Beijing now end in divorce. The main driver of divorce is the born-post-1980 generation.
    The sad fact is, for many, marriage now is a source of great insecurity.For the first time China's history, a generation of children now is growing up the children of divorce.

    Women bear the costs and risks of marriage and parenthood

    Consider the implications. For women today, marriage and motherhood can offer significant benefits, but significant costs and risks as well.In fact, marriage and children are clearly riskier for a woman than for a man. That's because the costs of child care, time, emotional energy, career opportunities, and financial security all are mostly borne by her.

    The unspoken contract is that her husband will share his income with her and the kids. But as we can see from today's marriage statistics, a woman who marries young has an excellent chance of divorcing young. Despite that women suffer disproportionately in a divorce, a recent study shows that now nearly 70% of divorces are initiated by women. This tells you how bad their marriages must have been.
     As parents we are living in a strange in-between period
    So, as parents, we're living in a strange in-between period in Chinese history. We grew up in an old world, a world where it would have been hard to imagine a woman surviving outside of marriage, socially if not financially.

    But our daughters live in a new world, a world where they must learn not simply to marry, but to be independent, and if they marry, to have a marriage that succeeds.

    After all, what does it mean for a marriage to be a success? Merely managing to stay legally married until one or the other person dies? Or something more? Parents' pressure to marry just to marry leads directly to insecurity in life

     As parents we now face a conundrum as modern as it is tragic. For the sake of security, many parents pressure their daughters to hurry up and marry just to marry. Out of filial piety, many daughters rush into relationships which result in loveless marriages, extramarital affairs and nasty divorces.

    In this way, parents' pressure to marry just to marry leads women into lives of financial, emotional and spiritual insecurity. Which is the precisely the outcome that parents are trying to avoid in pressuring their daughters to marry.

    Today's women have essential new dreams

    I've heard some parents lament that they feel their daughter's desire to wait to find a good marriage reflects poorly on them as parents. To the contrary! Your daughter's independent spirit is a reflection of the good work you did to help her gain an education.

     Now that she can survive on she own, she yearns for all the things that every human being yearns for once her survival needs are met: to be truly loved, to have dreams, to have meaning in life
    Her dreams are as essential to her as the air she breathes and the food she eats. She needs that any marriage she enters to be based on mutual love and partnership.

    You should be proud of her, and proud of the job you did in raising this singular young woman.

    Your daughter's future security and happiness may depend on the advice you give her

    Over Spring Festival, the advice you give your daughter may deeply affect how she goes about gaining the things she needs to nourish her spirit and achieve the security she needs.So, come Spring Festival, rather than admonishing, 'Do you have a boyfriend? Hurry, hurry, get married!'
    Maybe the right questions are:
    'How are you? What are your dreams in this beautiful new year? What can we do to support you?'
     And, if she does have a boyfriend:
    'Will he be good to you? Will he encourage you to find and realize your dreams? Will he be a loving and trustworthy partner? Will he see you as the full person that you are and not just for what you can do for him?'


    As parents, our most important job is to prepare our daughters to flourish in this modern new world.
    With Spring Festival just around the corner, now is the time to plan what words to impart to your daughter. Take advantage of your brief time together to give her the advice she needs. Her future security and happiness may depend on it.
      注:本文作者陈愉是前洛杉矶华裔副市长、女性自由主义倡导者, 畅销书作家,著有《30岁前别结婚》。

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