New York times, 2021-11-18 ("What makes people happy" ):
Most world people in a Pew Research Center survey
said that family made them the happiest,
such as the Australians (56%), New Zealanders (55%), Americans (49%), English(46%), Swedish,
Italians, Canadians etc ranked family first, their percentages are about
3-4 times of that (15%) of Taiwanese, the % in Singapore and Japan is about 2 times
of that in Taiwan. Taiwanese ranked
well-being above family.
marriage for LOVE or for money ??
Pew Research Org., 2019-2-13, 2013-2-13: Love
tops the list of Americans' reasons to marry Americans
93% married people)
are more inclined to choose
"love" as a reason for marriage than any other
Insider (businessinsider.com/love-and-money-what-statistics-say-2012-2), ForbesWoman survey
marry more for love than for money
An American Express survey found
that only 43 percent of the general population talked
money before marriage.
Kessler , author of a book
about divorce says: "people marry
more for romance than for finance. However, for a second or third
marriage, people may be looking for financial security".
found only 3.7%
aged 25~34 who are
married or intend to marry choose
legal protection/financial security.
CNA, Taiwan (台灣中央社),
(中新網) reported: 65%
of "love", and 44% admitted they dream all the time to marry a rich guy
so as not to work for living.
(news.sina.com.cn/o/2010-08-14/144117964604s.shtml) 。 Washington Post, 1-2-2017: ..."83
percent chose bread over romance" (when it comes
to Taiwan independence or reunification) 。
How was Taiwanese marriage for money over love
Wikipedia (2022-1-23, 2021-11-28): The
number of crude
in Taiwan is higher than that in most countries
Asia & Pacific, such as Vietnam, Mongolia, Thailand, Malaysia, Japan,
Singapore, Australia, New Zealand etc.
Mainland China's divorce rate was worse than Taiwan's. Telegraph (UK,
reported the situation "Most
pretty girls now try to trade on their beauty. It is an unhealthy trend"
divorce rates soaring, and widespread worries about a new culture of
hyper-materialism, the Chinese government is now trying to stop women marrying
pic.: No.1 "Taiwanese marry for love or money"
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No.1 "Taiwanese marriage for love or money",
No.1 "Taiwanese marry for love or money" on
Ecosia of Germany,
2022-3-19, 2022-3-8, 2022-2-28, 2022-2-27;
love or money"
at 2022-10-30, 2022-3-17, 2022-2-28,
No.1 "Taiwanese marry for love or money" ,
love or money"
No.1 "Taiwanese marry
for love or money" on Bing, 2022-10-1
for money ??
for living resource
for love is the only good reason to marry. The beauty is
most of us
(Americans) have the freedom to do that".
poor so as to
choose money over love ?
Suisse, Research Institute (Sept., 2022 ), Taiwanese' "Median
wealth per adult", USD
113,940, is higher than Americans' USD93,270 (credit-suisse.com/about-us/en/reports-research/global-wealth-report.html). On
the report of June
USD 93,044, American
On the report of IMF (International
Monetary Fund , 2021),
GDP per capita (US$ PPP)
is higher than that of Canada,
Global Wealth Report (Oct. 12, 2022
With net financial assets per
of 138,220 euros (US$134,364),
Taiwan ranked first in Asia, and fifth globally (higher than Canada).
the percentage of college degree Taiwanese is more than that of Americans.
are lazy ? greedy? or social value systems, culture,
status ... made them to choose it that way ? ......
An academic paper of National Chung-Hsing University (
"Flows between the Mainstream and the verge - transmutation of the
sex industry in Taichung", 劉育民, 吳政憲教授 ) pointed out: marriage in today's Taiwan, to some
degree, retains the logic of exchange in ancient China - women exchange
their body for living resource and certain personality
A very famous writer,
Eileen Chang (張愛玲),
has a saying : "Marrying for financial security is
for long term". However,
China Times >, Oct. 30, 2010 : "Sneering
at the poor instead of the prostitutes" (「笑貧不笑娼」)
is Taiwan's social value system
. The Liberty Times,
2015-5-15 , talk.ltn.com.tw/article/breakingnews/1318118
to the times"
at the poor instead of the prostitutes" 。
By contrast, CNN, 2016-10-7
in four out of 10 households with children,
women are the sole or primary breadwinners, based on a 2013
report by the Pew Research Center...more and more women
become the sole or primary breadwinners ...
The 'gold-diggers' or pretty swindlers back to the future to barter with the rich
each takes what he/she needs and gains what he/she worths
huge money or a green-card
(permanent residency in the US worths USD 1.5+
"high-end" materialistic girls at heart are similar to "low-end" mail-order
(2021-12-21, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mail-order_bride) "Motivations
and stories" reported that most of Asian
brides come from 5
countries including Taiwan.
(US, 2017) said "Often,
people who do not marry for love are judged for their decision".
2021-10-21: A British woman
is accused of 'teaching her daughters to be gold
diggers' after admitting she'll advise them that wealth and earning potential is
more important than marrying for love... some took it as far as comparing it to
Money matters in marriage.
money can't buy
(Wall Street Journal at 2020-11-21,
Brigham Young University, 2012).
Friedrich Engels (German
philosopher, critic of political economy) :
based on love
New York Times,
2014-3-9: "In the days of old, the
economic basis of marriage was made explicit... Now it has been replaced by
Pew research Center, 2013-2-13:
Americans believe that love is the main foundation
"marriage is regarded
as strictly for those who've declared their romantic love"'。
Daily online (China),
2012-10-29: According to mainstream values, true love is a precondition for
marriage is the "hell of soul" worse than the "tomb of love". Rodman (MarketWatch, 2019):
"when life gets tough —
and it always does — it's the love that will sustain you, not the cash".
Debts might bring unhappiness to marriage, but a research
( 2014 )
found that wealthier couples don't
necessarily last longer than those who earn less, and
the more you spend on a wedding ceremony, the shorter the marriage.
Many marriages of the celebrities in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and mainland China are
such as Alexander、Leehom Wang(王力宏):
8 years˴ Cynthia
Kong Life Insurance
Nan Financial Holdings
, Shao Chiao-Ying
Lin Ching-Hsia /
, Charlie Chin
Patrick Tse Ka Yuk
Steven Liu (劉家昌) Chang Chia-Chen
, Harlem Yu
8 yrs. ˴
15 yrs.˴ Winnie
(高國華, 蔡郁璇) 8 yrs. ˴
yr.˴ Kao Kuo-hua,
陳子璇) 10 yrs....
(They may divorced for
They may had both bread and romance, but money can't save marriage.
China Times, editorial, 2021-12-30
楊秋興 exposes 80-90% of Taiwan's lawmakers have affair
(or sex scandal, "緋聞").
Daily (Feb. 8, 2012), Brigham Young University noted
where both spouses are materialistic were worse off on nearly every measure.
When both partners are materialistic, they are better off financially –
but money is a bigger source of conflict for them".
says: In China,
"almost half of all divorces see a court squabble over the
One of biggest conflicts in Taiwan in recent years is the couple of Belle Yu,
she claimed that love is the
marriage, money is the paradise of marriage.
( ref. to
American-Taiwanese super star
Leehom Wang is another case, his wife
was trying to "destroy" him by accusing that Wang has multiple mistresses, cataloged prostitutes,
had affair with married woman, and used her as a
"chess piece" and had controlled her throughout the marriage
(South China Morning Post, 2021-12-20),
monitored her private life by
rvs remote video surveillance to be a semi "Truman
the serious war of words between the couple
became a public trial in which every Taiwanese takes a
2021-12-28) , and
lit up the internet across Asia,
made Taiwan's media to collectively lose a sense of responsibility (UDN,
editorial, 2021-12-27 udn.com/news/story/7338/5989905?from=udn-catehotnews_ch2) ,
seemingly made enough noises to attract the
Communist Party's attention - Chinese leader Xi Jinping
warned the industry to "pay attention to morals".
Journal, 2020-11-21: 'getting and losing money activates the
same pleasure and pain centers in the brain, respectively, as falling in
love and having your heart broken'.
should be a better means for "poverty
According to Wikipedia (Dec. 25, 2021),
45 percent of Taiwanese aged 25 to 64 hold a bachelor's degree or higher.
By contrast, the percentage of Americans is only 37.5% in 2020
lots more Taiwanese than Americans try to
get money by using marriage, although some do need a marriage to be wealthy in