T he fat director takes another swig of tempranillo and looks around at the 18 shy Chinese Australian girls sitting around two large lazy susan tables piled up with dumplings, sweet and sour pork, congee, duck and other delicious food that they have laid out in a banquet for us in a hotel at the Nanjing Convention Centre. Please say whatever you want, talk about yourselves, ask the males any questions you want, argue with each other, that is all good. You have flown km to be on stage in front of 50 million viewers, tomorrow will be your time to shine. Gan Bei! We clink our glasses, more bottles of wine are opened for us and the fat director continues to speak to us in Mandarin, but now with a sternness in his voice. If you mention any of these topics, you will be escorted off stage.
if you are the one (stereotypes for dating)
How TV Dating Shows Helped Change Love And Marriage In China Forever | HuffPost
For a small but increasingly high-profile number of young women in modern-day China, true love is all about the numbers. A potential suitor may have a good sense of humor and reasonable good looks, but what they say really matters is if he owns an apartment and how many square feet it is. A sizable bank account is also a must, and, some say, so is a luxury car. At least, that's the way things look if you watch Chinese television these days.
Meng Fei (host)
When Meng Fei was told the show he hosts was popular in Australia, he thought it was a lie. The Chinese dating program If You Are the One has an audience of more than 30 million at home, but is watched mostly by expats on Mandarin-language TV stations in other countries. The exception is Australia, where it is subtitled in English for SBS-TV and seen by about , weekly, including an enthusiastic group on Twitter, who discuss episodes as they air, tagging their tweets with the "ifyouaretheone" hashtag so anyone can join in. In China, where the show has 34 million followers on Weibo their version of Facebook , a similar phenomenon occurs.
Today, dating shows are an important ingredient in China's cultural diet, with popular shows like "If You Are the One" and "One Out of a Hundred" attracting millions of viewers. For single people, they're a platform for seeking potential spouses; for fans, they're the subject of gossip and dissection; for the cultural elites, they're a topic for derision; and for the government, they're a target for surveillance. Compared with Western cultures, China has traditionally had a vastly different value system towards marriages and family.