The pain of family reunions for singletons in The Silk And The Flame

It is a familiar lament, one that has become a bitter joke for singles. During Chinese New Year, parents and extended family interrogate unmarried persons, then offer romantic advice of the kind that went out of date around the mid-1970s.

In the documentary The Silk And The Flame, director Jordan Schiele follows Yao, a single man in his late 30s living in Beijing, over several days spent with his parents in rural Henan province during the festive period.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 07, 2019, with the headline 'The pain of family reunions for singletons'. Print Edition | Subscribe