China's Leftover Men

Love, money, and marriage in the new China

China's one-child policy has left a huge gender imbalance. By 2020, it is estimated that more than 10 million eligible men will remain single. Yang Ruiqing is part of this legion of reluctant bachelors. The 42-year-old bus driver has had over 20 failed dates with potential brides, for which he good-humoredly blames his baldness. One day, he goes on a date with a divorcee in her thirties, but his excitement is quickly dampened at her blunt terms of marriage.
At a village in inland China, an up close look at the dating scene and its candid negotiations between the sexes reveals the great rift between how men and women view marriage and family.