People who met online may have happier marriages, says US survey

People who met online may have happier marriages, says US survey

More than a third of US marriages begin with online dating, and those couples may be slightly happier than couples who meet through other means, a US study found.

Wednesday, 5 June, 2013, 2:35am

Hong Kong must do more for families going through divorce

Hong Kong must do more for families going through divorce

Like many other developed urban societies, Hong Kong is facing a growing incidence of family breakdown. Our divorce rate has grown drastically in the past three decades.

In 1991, there were 14.8 divorces per 100 marriages registered in the year; by 2011, that figure had risen to 33.6, which means that for every 10 couples who got married that year, three other couples got divorced.

28 May 2013 - 2:08am 1 comment

Concerned about court's decision

Reporters crowd around a speakerphone as they listen to the transgender woman, identified only as W, after she won a legal ruling at Hong Kong's top court allowing her to marry. Photo: AP

Your editorial refers to the Court of Final Appeal's verdict that Hong Kong's marriage laws are unconstitutional, because they bar transsexuals from marrying. Before offending a majority or a minority, this legal decision offends human nature itself, a human nature shared by the majority and minorities.

22 May 2013 - 2:53am 1 comment

Concept of family so important

A transsexual woman won a groundbreaking court appeal in Hong Kong allowing her to marry her boyfriend and forcing the government to re-write the city's marriage laws. Photo shows her lawyer Michael Vidler. Photo: AFP

The Court of Final Appeal case of W v Registrar of Marriages made headlines in Hong Kong and around the world ("Transsexual granted right to wed", May 14).

While clarifying the situation for transsexuals may be positive, I am concerned that the court has gone too far in potentially changing the definition of marriage and weakening the concept of family.

20 May 2013 - 1:51am 2 comments

Talking points

O.J. Simpson

The return of O.J. Simpson to a Las Vegas court will remind Americans of a tragedy that became a national obsession and changed the country's attitude to the justice system, media and celebrity.

13 May 2013 - 1:52am

How post-divorce families can get along

How post-divorce families can get along

I have been divorced for four years and now plan to marry my girlfriend of two years. But my daughter, 16, might move to Hong Kong. Her mother in Britain has threatened several times to send her to live with me. My daughter is going through this Gothic phase, but she is doing OK in school and we are still very close.

9 Apr 2013 - 9:31am

The man who gave birth to confusion

Thomas Beatie

Thomas Beatie was seeking a divorce from his wife, Nancy, and a decision on the custody of their three children. But the problem was Thomas Beatie was born a woman - Tracy Lehuanani Lagondino - in Oahu, Hawaii. She underwent a few operations and testosterone hormone therapy to become a man.

3 Apr 2013 - 3:29am

Diaoyus activist gives girlfriend a wedding proposal she won't forget

Yang Kuang (left) and partner-in-protest Liu Shasha met in Sichuan last month and have been inseparable since. Photo: SMP

When she and Hong Kong boyfriend Yang Kuang were hustled to a police station by five officers, mainland activist Liu Shasha heard a whisper in her ear that calmed her down.

31 Mar 2013 - 6:06am 2 comments

Marriage of Ma's eldest daughter stirs security and privacy uproar

Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou. Photo: AP

The low-key marriage of Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou's eldest daughter has caused a big stir on the island and sparked a heated debate over whether the children and close relatives of public figures have the right to protect their privacy.

27 Mar 2013 - 5:33am

Til second home do us part

Photo: Reuters

We’ve all been watching with fascination as events unfold at Li Ka-shing’s foray into hotel room sales at Apex Horizon in sunny Kwai Chung, as investors try to evade the new stamp duty. So far they seem to have outwitted chief executive CY Leung’s attempt to foil the developer, but for how long no one is sure.

8 Mar 2013 - 7:36pm

How a new tax breaks up marriages on the mainland

A total of 1.96 million couples applied for divorce last year, and only 1.2 million tied the knot. Photo: AFP

Mainland couples are flocking to divorce to avoid a new property sales tax imposed by the government, after it left open a loophole for those who end their marriages.

7 Mar 2013 - 6:12am

Unlucky in love … or just left out of the market?

Sociologist Sandy To says high-flying women in Hong Kong are more open to marrying someone with lower economic status. Photo: Nora Tam

The number of never-married women has increased in both Shanghai and Hong Kong over the last decade. But while these so-called leftover women are largely derided on the mainland, attitudes are different here, according to a recent study.

4 Mar 2013 - 5:08am 4 comments

Thousands of 'Moonies' marry in first mass wedding after founder's death

Some 3,500 couples took part in the Unification Church's mass wedding ceremony. Photo: AFP

Thousands of Unification Church members got married in a mass wedding in South Korea on Sunday – the first since the death of their “messiah” and controversial church founder Sun Myung-moon.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Chinese list flight attendants, farmers undesirable for marriage

A Chinese woman in a recent CCTV interview said she lacked money and love. Photo: screenshot from CCTV

While Chinese men dislike marrying flight attendants, Chinese women prefer not to wed farmers, according to a recent poll conducted by a Chinese research organisation. 

16 Feb 2013 - 12:22am

No Valentine's Day weddings this year, says Beijing

Unfortunately for Beijing romantics, February 14 falls on a national holiday this year.

7 Feb 2013 - 12:09pm 1 comment