Along the banks of the Yangtze – E2/6 – Double Happiness

China is one of the largest world powers but we can hardly put a face on it yet. Let alone have any idea of how the average Chinese man lives and works, or what his ambitions or fears are. Photographer Ruben Terlou took his camera along the banks of the River Yangtze, talking to the locals about the impact of the economic progress. In a six-episode series, we are taken from Shanghai, the most westernized part of China, to Shangri-La, the most authentic Chinese part, to discover the real China, 40 years after Mao’s death.

Episode 2 – Double Happiness

Love and happiness are not left to chance in China. In fact: it is considered a serious problem if a person has not settled down by the age of 30. But how do Chinese men and women find each other? Many highly educated women remain single because it is not common for a man to marry someone of his own class and educational level. And even more worrisome is the fact that, for that same reason, millions of poorly educated men will never have a family of their own. No wonder that there is a bridge in Nanjing across the Yangtze that is notorious for having seen the largest number of suicides in the world. Ruben witnesses a hilarious marriage proposal and takes a flirting course for underprivileged geeks.

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Final editing, direction and sound recording Maaik Krijgsman
Presentation and Photograpy Ruben Terlou
Camera Joost van Herwijnen
Editing Pelle Asselbergs
Research Sasha Ourikh, Yu Ma, Ruben Terlou
Production Nina Huisman
Sound Mix Joost Oskamp
Colour grading Gerhard van der Beek
Leader and graphics Tiepes
Production VPRO Nicole Frints
Editor-in-chief VPRO Karen de Bok
Producer Wilko Brandsma, Paul Beek, Lesley Dong, Freya Tian

This program is made possible by WWF – World Wide Fund for Nature
English, French and Spanish subtitles by Ericsson and co-funded by the European Union.

Post time: Jun-19-2017