Chinese Women through Chinese Eyes

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Problems Confronting an Ideal Couple

Ah-jung

AH-JUNG (in all likelihood a pseudonym) begins her story in an almost opposite vein. She and her husband met and fell in love when they were university students. Her pointed reference to the "congratulatory voices of our friends" when they married, along with the absence of any mention of relatives on either side, imply that the two married without their parents' consent. A network of friends seems to have replaced, at least partly, the more traditional family networks as a source of psychological and financial support. But the modern economic sector, symbolized by the great metropolis of Shanghai, was not adequate to sustain their modern marriage, and eventually economic difficulties eroded their happiness. It is noteworthy that although the author focuses on her small family's economic problems, she also introduces the theme of the obligation of educated women to make a contribution to society.

The story was published in Fu-nü yueh-k' an (woman's monthly journal), Nanking, 5, 4 ( January 1947): 67-69.

IN THE EYES of our friends, my husband and I were a perfect couple when we got married. That was three years ago; he was a promising young university student, tall and robust, whose conversation was lively and engrossing. From every point of view -- academic achievement, character, health, family background -- he appeared to be an ideal husband.

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