‘The People’s Republic of Love’: Defining Love in China

Underwater wedding photography studio in Beijing

Hey everyone!

Since the release of our first trailer, we’ve received overwhelming responses from around the world, so first off, thank you all for your support! Second, we just wanted to share our brand new trailer…

About this new trailer…

The People’s Republic of Love is an upcoming documentary that explores the question of how the concept of love is changing across China’s socioeconomic spectrum. We find some unexpected answers by traveling across China to meet a colorful cast of characters that includes matchmakers, dating show contestants, private investigators, government bureaucrats, relationship experts, divorce lawyers, and China’s new “love hunters.”
In our first trailer, we presented some of the more unusual means of finding love in China. In this new trailer, we sought to bring to light some of the traditional customs that are struggling to keep up with modernity. From rural weddings to park matchmaking events, there exist old conventions that prove that the definition of love in both past and present-day China may not actually be so different after all.

Old Chinese granny.

About the Filmmakers

The People’s Republic of Love is written, directed and produced by a team of veteran journalists and media professionals. Director and cameraman Nathan Mauger has shot documentaries for National Geographic and Discovery Channel.
Producers Connie Young and Joe Xu have worked for news and media organizations including CNN, CBS News and NPR, while executive producer Tomas Etzler is a CNN correspondent and Emmy-winning producer.

A Chinese bride in a wedding dress during a wedding photo shoot.

A Chinese wedding couple in traditional wedding costume.

Our documentary is coming soon…

With one week till Valentine’s Day, I want to continue the discussion about “love” in China. What is the definition or concept of “love” in Chinese society? Has it changed from the past? Is it changing? How is it different from other nations, cultures, and societies? Or is it?

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  • MonkeyMouth

    Love is over-rated. What is with all the love articles? its numbing my brain. Here on my lonely sofa….(sorry for mentioning the unmentionable)

  • MonkeyMouth

    Looks like they worked hard to produce it. Perhaps I will watch a bit of it. Always appreciate a good doco!

  • A Lu

    You realize some of us actually do live in China, right? It’d be nice if you could post the trailers where all of us can watch it, without a vpn

  • Germandude

    Cool, let’s now discuss about a trailer. What I really wanted to say about it is “……………………………………………..” Shit, I have no idea, other than I probably watch it, if I find it. Now let’s go on with the commercial break of the commercial break.

  • Gay Azn Boi

    Thought I’d share this…

    I just read this article in the Toronto Star that says that there is no such thing as everlasting love. Nor is it meant to endure, be unconditional or exclusive. Instead, love is made up of micro-moments of connection or positivity between people that can take place many times a day and occur between those in relationships, colleagues and even between strangers. These are the building blocks that make up love.

  • Red Scarf

    First photo – love is being able to fart in a swimming pool and not have your husband go mad…

    • mr.wiener

      If your husband is a gentleman he’ll say it was him.

  • mr.wiener

    ahhh …A chinasmack palate cleanser.

  • patko

    Looks interesting, nice production value.

  • dim mak

    Didn’t you already have a post about this

  • [email protected]

    Love is never needing to say “yes I have an apartment, yes I have a car, yes I have a balance of $$$$ in my account, and yes I have a high paying job.”

  • SuperHappyCow

    Who is that disastrous looking woman in the first image?
    I’m sorry, I’m a dick.

  • Love can be fake in China. Ba dum chhh….

  • elizabeth

    Where are the grooms in the photos (except the last traditional one)? Hopefully their absence isn’t indicative of the how the couples view weddings/marriages.

  • When is this movie going to be available? I’m quite curious

  • Dr Sun

    I look forward to watching this.
    Just one question, is there anything in it from the perspectives of Chinese who have married foreigners ?

    • Dr Sun

      Guess the producers/ directors who asked for our input don’t want to reply to questions from us.

  • KaneVast

    There are free vpns available.

  • JX

    True love do exist in China, however most of young girls want to live better and also be told the best way to reach it is to find a RICH guy.

  • lovechina

    well love is always in the air,just depend on individual perception on how important is this relationship.i had a relationship with a sichuan girl for 6 years who came to my country and i am touch by her true love to me.i found chinese girls to be strong and independent although sometime hard head and very explosive temper.but i love them,

    • Dr Sun

      hard headed, explosive temper- they are what they eat !

  • princessofpriobiotics

    Definition of love in China is $$$$$$$

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