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Author Schneider, Melissa Margaret, author

Title The ugly wife is a treasure at home : true stories of love and marriage in communist China / Melissa Margaret Schneider
Published [Lincoln] : Potomac Books, [2014]
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Contents Cover; Contents; Acknowledgments; Note on Pronunciation; Introduction: Who Wants an Ugly Wife?; Prologue: Rooster Weddings, Second Wives, and Little Feet; Part 1. The 1950s Generation: When Love Didn't Exist; Love after Revolution; We Didn't Know What Love Was; The Three Wives of a Former (Teenage) Intelligence Operative; The First Group Wedding in Zhengzhou; The "Old Hand" Man; Part 2. The 1960s Generation: Forbid the Early Love; Marriage Is Nothing Special; Wearing White for Chairman Mao; The Boy with the Baby- Raise-Wife; My Reasons for Hating My Father
A Good Fortune- Teller and Three Tips for Concealing Your Outside WomanYou Know Your Boyfriend Is Married If . . .; Part 3. The 1970s Generation: Sex and Love ... or Marriage?; My Lover's Name Is Sam; For One Tree, Do Not Sacrifice the Forest; Shenzhen Marriage Park: Want Ads of Last Resort; The Ultimate Perfect Happiness as a Stay- at- Home Mom; A Man Who Could Speak His Own Name; Part 4. The 1980s Generation: Reform and Opening Up of the Heart; Girls; Six Times Love; Everyone Knows That a Girl Shouldn't Like a Girl; A Wife of Noble Character, Who Can Find?
A Tale of Two Sisters: Arranged Marriages and Secret BoyfriendsShe Cut Out My Chicken Eyes; Part 5. The 1990s Generation: Unguided Love; The Buddhist Oracle Said "No Boyfriends"; I Thought We Would Be Together Forever; I Thought to Myself; A Conventional Man; There Are Three Kinds of Chinese Parents; Conclusion; Appendix: Timeline of Recent Chinese History; Selected Bibliography
Summary The ugly wife is a treasure at home is not just an idle expression in China. For centuries, Chinese marriage involved matchmakers, child brides, dowries, and concubines, until the Peoples Republic of China was established by Mao Zedong and his Communist Party in 1949. Initially encouraging citizens to reject traditional arranged marriages and instead wed for love, the party soon spurned the sin of putting love first, fearful that romantic love would distract good Communists from selflessly carrying out the States agenda. Under Mao the party established the power to approve or reject proposed m
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
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Subject Marriage -- China -- History -- 20th century.
Mate selection -- China -- History -- 20th century.
Sex -- China -- History -- 20th century.
China -- Social life and customs -- 1949-1976.
China -- Social life and customs -- 1976-2002.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1612347045 (electronic bk.)
9781612347042 (electronic bk.)