In her weekly workshops that have attracted thousands, Wu lectures about how to negotiate with a partner, how to confront parental demand to get married, and even on subjects like sex and birth control.
For the post-80 generation -- one that was caught in the transition between traditional and modern China -- the term "leftover women" is especially suitable.
Membership has grown by 10 attendees per month since April."China has a very hardworking culture, so there isn't much momentum for people to go to social events and meet people outside of their work environment," Edmunds says, "So what we have to do is bring in a different culture around initial dates and meetings that encourage people to meet based on their personalities and interests." ***Both Wu and Edmunds are targeting China's "leftover women," a new term describing educated, urban women over 27 who are disadvantaged not just by society's perception they're "too old" for marriage, but also because their successful careers and economic security intimidate prospective suitors.
The government adopted the term in 2007 and promoted it in the state-run media.
As a single, educated Chinese woman approaching 30, Nancy Ji felt tremendous stress from her parents to get married.
So at 28, she hastily tied the knot with a boyfriend. They nagged me about being single every day, and it was very annoying.