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Story Publication logo April 9, 2012

China's Bachelor Villages


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By 2020, China is expected to have 24 million more men than women, leaving the countryside filled...

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Men gather in Gao Po where the discussion turns to the topic of women. Image by Deborah Jian Lee and Sushma Subramanian. China, 2011.

In China, marriage-age men outnumber women by the millions. Experts predict that by 2020, the number of men unable to find wives will reach the population of Texas. Many men have taken on traditionally female roles in the community like caregiving. Deborah Jian Lee and Sushma Subramanian recently visited bachelor village Gao Po, where men face the likely prospect of never finding wives. They tell Worldview what they found in China's entirely male villages.


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