In many ways, dating shows became a powerful way to facilitate these changes.
By looking at the development of Chinese television dating shows, we can see how love and marriage changed from a ritualized system mired in the past to the liberated, Western-style version we see today.
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Once you've hunted down your prey, you put on your best late 90s/early 00s date-wear: a shiny suit with flipflops and hairgel if you're male; a calf-length A-line denim skirt and halter top if you're female. The date is so boozy, you temporarily forget that choosing someone on looks alone doesn't mean you'll hit it off. Blind date ITV 1985-2003 What you're missing: All you want in life' is to hear Our Graham announce your name as you walk on set.
Chances of getting laid: high, but you'll be too drunk to remember it the next day. If you have to choose one of three strangers only by asking them banal questions to which they respond in tortuous wordplay, so be it. You arrange your face into an expression which you hope won't betray either disappointment or arousal when a backstage minion cranks away the screen to reveal..wild card wearing a tam o'shanter and lederhosen. Should have gone for the boring option rather than being swayed by the whoops of the audience.
(Yep, this is what the quest for true love has come to.) Then the games begin.
In the first round, a guy sits in a chair while each woman has about 30 seconds to do a quick chemistry test to see if she's into him.
For single people, they’re a platform for seeking potential spouses; for fans, they’re the subject of gossip and dissection; for the cultural elites, they’re a topic for derision; and for the government, they’re a target for surveillance.