Despite all the limitations, the show was a groundbreaking depiction of courtship.
It took decisions about love and marriage from the private home to the very public domain of broadcast TV.
Its emphasis on finding partners for men was a testament to China’s unbalanced sex ratio, caused by a combination of China’s One Child Policy and advances in ultrasound technology in the 1980s that allowed pregnant women to abort millions of baby girls. Male candidates introduced themselves and their family’s background, listed their criteria for a spouse and answered a few questions from the host.
It was essentially a singles ad broadcast before audience members, who, if interested, could contact the candidate for a date.
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To call this series a "Reality-TV" show is simply ridiculous. As if having a naked couple trying to connect in front of a camera, which in itself is pretty outlandish, wasn't enough they continue to introduce more naked suitors.
I guess the objective is to have people decide who is more sexually desirable based on physical attributes because the conversations are simply atrocious. But if you decide to go ahead and produce a show like that then...
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