China has over 180 million single people. This is the result of economic prosperity and the One-Child Policy. The latter has caused the ratio of males and females in China to grow out of balance, as parents prefer to have a boy instead of a girl. So today, young and pretty women are in high demand in China. This has led to a whole new market surrounding love and marriage, and the reappearance of a cultural tradition for the rich and powerful: the concubine. Concubines are women mistresses who provide their love and services in exchange for luxuries.
The documentary Love and Sex in China explores the culture surrounding partnership and marriage in China. In contrast to the past people tend to find a partner at a later age because of the prosperity bringing education and careers. As a result of this the aging singles have to resort to lessons in the art of sedution, marriage markets and speed dating to get married before the age of 30, when people are considered as obsolete. The documentary continues to show a cultural tradition for the rich and powerful that has reappeared since Chinaâs newfound economic prosperity: the concubine. The women are mistresses who provide their love and services in exchange for luxuries.