I remember almost 10 years ago when I first came to China, a viral video made quite an impression on me. It featured a woman from Shanghai throwing a fit at a car dealership, demanding her boyfriend buy her a brand new car.

The man desperately tried to claim that the car didn’t “suit” her, but the woman continued to drive up and down the carpark, presumably threatening to drive off the lot. Finally, the man gave in and handed over his credit card.

The video made me think long and hard about gender roles and dating in China. Was this attitude of entitlement prevalent here, and why would the man give in to such childish behavior? Als... Read More>>