“With so many more women than men in Hong Kong, older men can easily find younger women as their other halves,” says 26-year-old Janice, a public relations adviser.
“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.
“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.
But in Hong Kong, the problem is less a question of age but a shortage of men: The sex ratio currently stands at 876 men for every 1,000 women, a gap predicted to widen to 700 by 2036.
It’s believed that one in five Hong Kong women born today will remain single for the rest of their lives.
But some may also want to find a wife with lower qualifications and earning power anyway, so they can conform to social expectations.