Strange News From Abroad
A 107-year old Chinese woman who was afraid to marry when she was young has decided to look for her first husband and hopes to find a fellow centenarian so they will have something to talk about. She is worried she is becoming a burden to her aging nieces and nephews since breaking her leg when she was 102 and had to stop doing chores like washing her clothes. "I'm already 107 and I still haven't got married," she said. "What will happen if I don't hurry up and find a husband?"
She was born in Guizhou province, the child of a salt merchant. She grew up watching her uncles and other men scold and beat their wives and often found her aunt crying in the woodshed after an attack. "All the married people around there lived like that. Geting married was too frightening," she said of an era when Chinese women had few rights and low social standing.