“Hong Kong women are highly qualified and independent, but the marriage norm of men marrying down and women marrying up has remained largely intact.So some men may be unable to find a local wife due to their comparative socioeconomic disadvantages.
“It means that men can focus on their career while they're young, and then find their other half at around 30 while women have to worry about focusing on their career and finding love simultaneously.”50 years ago, Hong Kong’s gender ratio was relatively level, but in the past decade, a steady flow of female migrants from the Philippines and Indonesia, seeking work as domestic helpers, have arrived in the territory, and there are now 300,000 of these women registered in Hong Kong.
But some may also want to find a wife with lower qualifications and earning power anyway, so they can conform to social expectations.
China’s just-loosened one-child policy has warped the country’s gender ratio over the past 34 years to the extent that by 2020 there may be almost 24 million men unable to find a partner.
But in the special administrative region of Hong Kong, a jurisdiction not subject to the mainland’s laws, the landscape is startlingly different.
The territory’s 2011 census revealed that there were 209,000 women living alone, a figure that is rapidly rising.It’s believed that one in five Hong Kong women born today will remain single for the rest of their lives.