Marriage Customs in China
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.