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Beijing's bachelor bulge: the unprecedented surplus of boys
« on: April 30, 2007, 12:33:57 PM »
Here's an interesting article on the disproportionate number of males to females in China:   The dangerous combination of modern technology and traditional beliefs is creating a huge army of single men and a strain on China's social fabric.

But look more closely at the school's Grade 6 class: row upon row upon row of boys. There are 34 of them in this classroom, and only 20 girls. The same is true across the entire school, where 180 boys vastly outnumber 105 girls.

What he really fears is the restless intensity of boys who grow up to become unmarried men. There are already hundreds of single men in nearby villages, an army of unhappy bachelors. “They can't find wives, and it affects the social stability,” Mr. Xing says.

One of the key questions is whether the bachelor hordes could become linked to political uprisings or wars. Scholars have pointed to the Nien Rebellion in northern China in the 1850s. After a series of failed harvests, the local inhabitants adopted a policy of infanticide, and eventually 25 per cent of the men were unable to marry because of a shortage of women. About 100,000 unmarried men formed bandit gangs, which merged into armies that tried to overthrow the Qing Dynasty in a war that lasted for years.

At the peak of the uprising, the population imbalance was 129 men for every 100 women, smaller than the gender gap that is already developing today on Hainan Island.

And the current problem is compounded by the migration of young women to the cities in search of jobs. The young men, as heirs to their families, are obliged to stay in their villages.
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