Print Edition: Feb. 22, 2015
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A formative, family-friendly factoid from a survey or study in the news.
BY The Editors
What will China do next? That’s a question over which many
Westerners are losing a lot of sleep, especially with the approach of the 2008
Summer Olympics in Beijing — which some China watchers expect to be the most
consequential Summer Games since Germany hosted in 1936. One thing the largest
country in the world would do, if its women had their way, is become more
family-friendly. That’s according to a March 7 article in ChinaDaily.com
reporting on a small but telling survey by the Shanghai Federation of Trade
Unions. “Women in Shanghai prefer a happy family to a successful career,” the
article states before noting that 30% of the 730 respondents said a happy
family was their first ideal. (In second place, not surprisingly in times of
breakneck economic development, was “greater success at work.”) The article
also reported that the top source of anxiety for single women in the study was
the difficulty of finding a husband. Catholics around the world would do well
to pray for Chinese women — most of whose family-focused wishes go unspoken and
Illustration by Kevin
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