A new article in the Economist presents a well-researcher summary of recent noticeable demographic shift away from the traditional culture that views marriage as the centrepiece of society in Asia. While it is undoubtedly reductionist to speak about “Asia” as an entity, the article does go on to differentiate among different areas and countries and present a wealth of data. It also discusses key issues that affect the change in marriage choices, such as education, the fact that more women now occupy higher hierarchical positions and cannot (or do not need to any more) marry “up”, work-life balance, and… the economic crisis. Will marriage rates pick up again if and when the global crisis ends?
Read the article here