The Leftover Woman – Powerful Viral Video
Published on Apr 6, 2016
Watch how single women in China courageously #changedestiny by standing up against the pressure of being labelled “Sheng Nu”, or “leftover woman”. Learn more about SK-II’s #changedestiny movement: http://www.sk-ii.com.sg/en/changedest…
Today, Chinese women face immense pressure to get married before they turn 27. In many Chinese cities, so called marriage markets are a common sight, where parents go to post and match personal ads. A number of brave Chinese women have finally stood up to speak their mind against society’s labels and their parents’ pressures. A marriage market in Shanghai’s People’s park was taken over by personal messages from hundreds of independent women, stating that they want to control their own destiny.
Find out what these women courageously say to reconstruct the mutual respect between generations and increase society’s understanding to finally change their destiny in the film.
0:00You’re not a kid anymore.
0:02Find someone to marry.
0:05I won’t die in peace unless you’re married.
0:07Don’t be so free willed.
0:11You’re too picky.
0:13You are a leftover woman.
0:19″Sheng Nu” literally translates to ”leftover woman”.
0:24It refers to women over 25 who aren’t married yet.
0:31You become a subject that people talk about
0:34and you get so much social pressure.
0:38Chinese new year is the most stressful time,
0:39because everyone will be asking you.
0:42How old are you?
0:43Why are you not married?
0:45You’re no longer young.
0:47People think that in Chinese society, an unmarried woman is incomplete.
0:53You feel like an outsider.
0:57In our days, matchmaking was simple.
0:58You get matched…
1:00you get married.
1:01The Shanghai Marriage Market People’s park, Shanghai
1:02Personally, I don’t like this “Marriage Market”.
1:06It’s full of parents who post their sons’ and daughters’ profiles.
1:11What’s his income?
1:12What’s his job?
1:14Does he have a house?
1:16It’s like you’re selling your daughter.
1:22In Chinese culture, respecting your parents is the most important quality.
1:26And not getting married is like the biggest sign of disrespect.
1:30We always thought our daughter had a great personality.
1:34She’s just average looking. Not too pretty.
1:37That’s why she’s leftover.
1:41I yearn for love.
1:42Yes, I want real love.
1:45It’s time to fix this problem.
1:47Don’t be so cruel to me.
1:51Maybe I should give up on someone I love for someone who’s suitable.
1:58If she really can’t find the one
2:00it will be a heart disease for me.
2:05Maybe I am being selfish.
2:08I want to say sorry to them!
2:18I just wish my parents would understand my way of living.
2:31The daughters decided to attend the Marriage Market.
2:38But only to deliver a personal message to their parents.
2:50”I don’t want to get married just for the sake of marriage. I won’t live happily that way.”
2:59Even if I’m alone.
3:01I will be happy, confident and have a good life.
3:05As opposed to the term “leftover woman”.
3:07I have a great career and there is another term called “power woman”.
3:11″I want to take the time to find the right person.”
3:14I will always support you!
3:17I´m happy being alone.
3:20I feel free and I enjoy the single status.
3:26My daughter is beautiful.
3:28″Leftover women” should be proud!
3:36Being independent is a great lifestyle and it’s the life I want.
3:40If she feels it’s ok to be single,
3:43we will still respect her.
3:46The “leftover women” are outstanding.
3:48The “leftover men” need to try harder!
3:56I love life.
3:58I’m a pretty outstanding woman.
4:02Don’t let pressure dictate your future.
4:08Celebrate independent women everywhere by sharing this film and help #changedestiny