Are you over the age of 27 and unmarried? If you are, in China you would be classified as a ‘Leftover man’ or a ‘Leftover woman’. Due to the implementation of China’s One-Child Policy, there is a gender imbalance caused by the inherent favouritism of male offsprings. As a result, the surplus of individuals who are unable to find a significant other face intense marital pressures from family and friends in order to avoid the stigma of being labelled as a ‘Leftover’. Consequently, physical matchmaking markets have become increasingly prevalent within Chinese communities to alleviate this concern of ‘Leftovers’ within China.
Leftovers is a project that seeks to embody the emotional struggles, stigmas and cultural expectations experienced by these ‘Leftovers’ whilst emulating the experience of browsing through the ‘Leftover profiles’ at a Chinese marriage market. By shedding light on these ‘Leftover’ experiences, it elicits a degree of empathy for these individuals and highlights the need to subvert the stigmas associated with being over 27 and unmarried. This project is a call to facilitate the subversion of the ‘Leftover phenomenon’.