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Intimidating Situations For Young Women

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Young women in particular were sensitive to such changes in the men and generally felt apprehensive about meeting them. As soon as women realized that a 'returnee' was among a group of men wanting to chat with them, the women suddenly went silent. In the 1940s, seven young men left Xiangye to study in Han schools and later returned to the village. Only three of them were able to marry village women. They were able to do so because by the age of five or six, their parents had already arranged their engagements. They left the village at the age of 13 or 14 to pursue their studies, against the will of their fiancees, but the women could do nothing about it they were already engaged to be married.

Keywords: Xiangye; young women



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