‘The People’s Republic of Love’, Starring 1.3 Billion People

A Chinese girl sitting on the side of the street holding an umbrella.

A Chinese girl sitting on the side of the street holding an umbrella.

Hey everyone…

Some of you might remember me (not pictured above) as a long-time chinaSMACK contributor (see my posts!). I haven’t been around lately and that’s because I’ve been working on this…

About the documentary…

The People’s Republic of Love is a new full-length documentary about love in modern China that touches upon the romantic past and present of 1.3 billion people in the world’s most populous country.

Why are lesbians marrying gay men? How are traditional rural weddings struggling to keep up with modernity? What are these “love-hunters” that rich men are hiring? Why do traditional matchmakers hate the internet? How is the Chinese government helping people find love?

Over the past 6 months, we traveled across China, from the urban jungles of Shanghai to the rural countrysides of Hebei province, in search of the sometimes surprising answers to these questions and more, as well as the social trends behind them, taking viewers on a fast-paced journey to find the meaning of love in a country undergoing rapid change.

The documentary is not yet out but is coming soon. For more information, you can visit the official People’s Republic of Love Facebook page and YouTube channel!

Chinese people on the street.

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 camerman Nathan Mauger has shot documentaries for National Geographic and Discovery Channel.
Producers Connie Young and Joe Xu (me!) 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 wedding dress.

The bride and groom at a rural Chinese wedding.

Our documentary isn’t out just yet…

But it will be soon, and with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I wanted to start a discussion about all things “love” in China, including dating, marriage, and even infidelity. What have you seen? What have you experienced? What do you think?


Written by Joe

Joe is a documentary producer and journalist based in Shanghai


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