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— by R.M.L.: By the time Chinese women turn 30, they are supposed to have dismissed their youthful fancies and passions in favour of a stable domestic life. At this age, many parents hope that their daughters will have secure jobs, be dutifully wed and the mother of at least one child. This expectation was partially established by Confucius, who said that “at 30, one must stand firm”, and the proverb is often cited by elder family members when reminding youngsters to get their personal arrangements in order…

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