I’ve talked here about how I’ve seen polygamy in action here in Hong Kong, but now the government is doing something about it. The party’s number one fear is civil unrest… to that end, they’ve just released a marriage database in major cities where you can look up online if someone has ever been married. They plan to have the entire country’s marital records online by 2015. From the AP:
China’s opening economy over the past few decades has led to a high degree of mobility among cities and regions, creating what Beijing-based lawyer Chen Wei described as a “strangers’ society” in an interview with the China Daily newspaper about the marriage database plan.
One study of extramarital affairs in China, published in the U.S. in 2005, said 20 percent of 1,240 married men surveyed in urban China and 3.9 percent of 1,275 married women said they had had an affair in the past 12 months.
In one of the most recent cases, a county official in the central province of Hubei was detained last month on suspicion of killing his mistress, who was pregnant with twins, after she reportedly asked him to marry her or give her 2 million yuan ($302,000).