Hong Kong women are marrying later, and the number of never-married women has been steadily increasing. Th e recent interest in this rise has remained at the level of media narratives with little input from academic research and, where it exists, centres on statistical analyses. Our article examines who some of these single women are by drawing heavily on interviews conducted with nineteen informants in full-time employment. We found that there was a strong sense of affi rmation and assertiveness about their singleness. While nearly of all them wanted to get married if they met a suitable person, the centrality of work, besides providing our informants with a strong sense of identity, also rendered them less willing to compromise for a partner. In time, their status was accepted as an alternative life choice, as they generally felt that single women faced little stigmatization. Such a state can be described as 'normal deviance'. In addition, the informants tended to pursue independently what was important to them with little regard for macro social and political issues, and rarely engaged with pro-family or pro-natalist policies when negotiating their identities.
|Title of host publication||Doing Families in Hong Kong|
|Publisher||Entomological Society of Canada|
|Number of pages||23|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2009|
|Name||Social Transformations in Chinese Societies|