There is a common belief in China that infidelity doesn’texist there. Many individuals claim that no one in China engages inextramarital relationships due to their traditional morality. That is apositive stereotype as it depicts China as a place of unwithering faithfulness.While the idea that marital fidelity in China is universal paints a greatimage, this is unfortunately false.
There is ample evidence to demonstrate thatthis claim is untrue. Infidelity exist everywhere including China. Furthermore,infidelity did not arise in China specifically by their embracing of westernsocieties behaviors and norms. It was already prevalent in some areas of Chinaand is present there for various reasons. In fact, there are several reasonswhy infidelity is present in China and no way to pinpoint its origins towesternization.
The claims that infidelity does notexist in China is false. These implications derived from a stereotype thatChina is a place of unconditional love and faithfulness. According to the article“Sexual Infidelity in China: Prevalence and Gender-Specific Correlates” ASexuality Survey of China was conducted, which provided data on individuals whobelieved extramarital sex was acceptable.
The survey was of “3,567 people from ages 18 to 49 who were ina marital (89%) or dating/cohabiting (11%) relationship.” The results showedthat 26% of women and 40% of men thoughtextramarital relationships were somewhat or completely acceptable. The surveyalso supplies information on infidelity during the 12 months prior to the datethe survey was conducted. The article states that “the prevalence of infidelityduring the last 12 months was 4.5% (women’s non-commercial sex), 11.0% (men’snon-commercial), and 5.5% (men’s commercial), with each percent matching orexceeding the median for other countries.” Given the information, it suggeststhat not only do residents of China believe in extramarital relationships, somedo engage in the act.
In China, it is quite common for females to hireprivate investigators to gather information on their male counterparts topursue a female led divorces. This is significant because it suggests thatfemales in China are very often suspicious of their partner and believe them tobe engaging in extramarital relationships. The article “Regulating privateaffairs in contemporary China: Private investigators and the policing ofspousal infidelity” focuses specifically on “the recent emergence ofinvestigations of spousal infidelity.” It has been proven that this newlyemerging job has significantly filled the gap in the market.
This increasingdemand for private investigators or “infidelity sleuths” as they are called inthe article, highlights the true nature of China’s state and relationships.