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China's returned elite get help in finding love

THE city's first matchmaking party for the Chinese returned from overseas studying was held on Saturday to help improve the personal lives of the highly educated returnees, especially women.

The event was organized after many female returnees had complained they found it difficult to find Mr Right, organizers said.

"Many elite ladies with dazzling resumes find it quite easy in job hunting, but they encounter dilemmas in finding love," said Tang Weimin, deputy director of the Shanghai Service Center of Overseas Returnees, the event's coordinator.

The main reason is that Chinese traditionally frown upon men marrying people better educated than themselves, he said.

"Usually they have high demands and want to find someone with similar experiences and education background," Tang said.

Nearly 200 people, mostly aged between 25 and 35, joined the party.

All men were given a key and women a lock at the entrance. Participants could speak to whoever they chose and any pair who matched keys with locks won a prize.

Renee Zhou, a 28-year-old with a master's degree from France, said she hoped to find a boyfriend with a bachelor's or master's degree but left empty-handed.

"I stood there for the whole afternoon but no man came up to talk to me or open my lock," Zhou said.

Some foreigners seeking a Chinese partner with overseas knowledge also went to the party.

An American professor who works at a local university and identified himself as Namon, said he was happy to meet so many single professionals and scholars at the party.


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