‘My Parents Say Hurry up and Find a Girl’: China's Millions of Lonely ‘Leftover Men’

By 2020 There Will Be 30 Million More Young Men Than Women in China. In a One-Party State That Values Social Stability above All, This Disaffected and Frustrated Element of the Population Is Cause for Concern

When Liu returned to his childhood village to celebrate Chinese New Year, his parents had arranged a familiar and depressing task for him: a series of speed dates. Over a week back in rural Jiangxi province, he met half a dozen potential wives in encounters he says felt more like job interviews. He expects to go through the same process next year, without much hope of success.