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  • Chinese Traditional Arranged Marriages
  • The Matching
  • The Match-maker
  • Michelle Yao Social Status-Father- scholar-bureaucrat​, is a wealthy family.
  • Mai Lou Lives with a peasant family who is very poor.
  • Michelle Yao and Paul Le are a perfect match.
  • Shang Huang Social Status- peasant family and is very poor.
  • Paul Le Social Status-wealthy class, father is a scholar-beuraucrat
  • Proposing
  • During the ancient times of China, it was a tradition for the parents to arrange marriages for their children.
  • Presenting Betrothal Gifts
  • The process could continue. This match is good and to celebrate I bring you gifts.
  • Before creating a match, the matchmaker would consider the social status and wealth of the soon to be bride and groom.
  • Presenting Wedding Gifts
  • The boy's family would invite a matchmaker to propose​ with them at the girl's house.
  • Choosing Wedding Date
  • When should our children have the wedding date ?
  • If the match was predicted to be a good one, the matchmaker would take gifts to the girl's parents and tell them that the process would continue.
  • This was the biggest gesture in the wedding process of engagement. The gifts were given to the girl's family which symbolized respect and kindness towards the family and the capability of giving a good life to the girl.
  • The boy's family asked the fortune-teller to choose a date according to the astrological book when it was right to have a wedding ceremony.
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