By Maurits Elen
“You wanna just sit down next to each other in our own personal cones of silence for a bit?”
Since Dr. Phil or Oprah don’t really have much traction in China, mainland women instead have to turn to institutions like the Good Wife Happy School and the Beijing Moral Education Center for Women to prevent or fix a broken marriage.
Women can now turn their distressed marriage into a happy ending by following lectures that can cost up to 100,000 yuan.
The Moral Education Center in Chaoyang district gives women workshops on makeup, conversational skills, personality development and traditional tea-pouring techniques, and comes with a price-tag of 20,000RMB for 30 hours of instruction.
Despite the growing demand for relationship advice, not all people have a good word to share about the marriage counseling schools. ”These schools are just looking for profit,” said Zhou Yan, an English teacher at the New Oriental School in Nanjing. ”A total rip off.”
But regardless of their efficacy, the schools can rest easy with the knowledge that China’s divorce rates are increasing at a rate similar to the country’s GDP growth: over 4.5 million couples divorced in 2010, which was roughly an 11-percent increase from 2009.