Marriage Customs in China

  • Chih-P’ing Chou
Chapter
Part of the China Academic Library book series (CHINALIBR)

Abstract

Dr. Hamilton W. Mabie, lately the exchange lecturer to Japan, once said that there is one maxim which a person who attempts to interpret the mind of a foreign people or to report the conditions in a foreign country, should carefully observe. That maxim is: “Neither to laugh, nor to cry, but to understand.” He who does not understand a foreign custom is not qualified even to praise it, and much less to laugh or sneer at it. With this maxim in mind I purpose to discuss the marriage custom in China. My desire is to point out the rationality of the system, not to defend or vindicate it, but to give the reader a better understanding of it.

Keywords

Married Couple Marriage Market Contracting Parti Mutual Friend Life Companion 
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© Foreign Language Teaching and Research Publishing Co., Ltd and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Chih-P’ing Chou
    • 1
  1. 1.East Asian Studies DepartmentPrinceton UniversityPrincetonUSA

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