More than ever before, networks needed to produce entertaining shows that attracted audiences., a popular Taiwanese show that matched singles through three rounds of speed dating.Thought to contribute to peace and stability, it was the dominant custom into the latter half of the 20th century.But China’s 1978 Open Door Policy, which transitioned the country from a rigid, centrally-planned economy to a global, market-based economy, exposed the Chinese people to an array of outside cultural influences.These new shows were ways for singles to get to know each other in a fun, flirty environment.
Marriage matchmaking has always been an important cultural practice in China.
Meanwhile, the country’s 1980 marriage law codified, for the first time, freedom to marry and gender equality.
However, even in the wake of political change and globalization, many families still held the traditional Chinese belief that women, unlike men, belonged in the home, and that their parents had the final say over whom they could marry.
Compared with western cultures, China has traditionally had a vastly different value system toward marriages and family.
But over the past 30 years, these customs have been upended.