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Chinese Standards for Men and Women: Today’s youth are in for a bumpy ride

Alright, China’s had 250 years of conflicts and war. From Yellow Turban and Boxer Rebellions to the Warlord period, Communist Revolution, and WW2 – there has been a great deal of uncertainty and unrest. Who then do you want for your family, your household, and most importantly your precious baby girl? Probably someone strong, capable, successful, worldly, and protective. China’s not alone in having this historical model for masculinity. But it plays out in an interesting way in the post Deng Xiao Ping Opening Up and Reform period China. Commercialization and liberalized economies make it so that money is the new way to ensure security. With more than a billion people here, competition is fierce and you are not guaranteed a spot in the “Chinese Dream”. What Chinese dream?