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I DO NOT

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With the exception of the Republican China period, when, thanks to foreign influences, both men and women had the right to find free love, Chinese marriage history’s traditions include “prenatal betrothal” and “arranged marriage”.  Likewise, Chinese marital view today has experienced a backsliding. It is dominated by parents’ orders and matchmakers’ assistance, a function that appeared during the Western Zhou period. After bearing witness to many friends who were forced to go into the unfortunate marriage grave with elders and parents, I decided to undertake this project as a means of questioning the meaning of marriage. This is how my I Do Not was born. Its aim is to remind those parents that marriage is not an interview; they should not operate like human resources managers, forcing their children to choose their other half mechanically. It would also like to incite young Chinese people, including myself, to reflect seriously on what they truly aspire from their marriage.

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