Japanese and Korean men seem to be getting all the attention whenever Asian men are mentioned. Indeed, Chinese men have been neglected by both local and foreign women for the longest time.

But this summer, Chinese men were brought into the limelight once again with “All About Chinese Men 2012,” a survey conducted by the lady’s column of Chinese website 163.com. Over 25 million men and women gave their opinions on a wide range of issues –ranging from fashion, money, work and personal lives- concerning today’s Chinese men.

Based on the poll results, 76% of Chinese men are stressed out by work, family, health and life in general. Although many of them claimed that they just want to be themselves, that they still hold on to their childhood dreams, and that they do not aspire to be rich and famous, “How to earn more money?” is still the no.1 concern for most men.

Character-wise, Chinese men still conform to the traditional image of Asian men. They have strong filial piety towards their parents – they are willing to give their savings to their parents, and worry about their health. They are also good husbands who keep their wives company and give small surprises from time to time. Traditional virtues such as pure, kind and family-oriented still attract Chinese men the most, but compatibility is also important to some who want a partner whom they can converse with on the same wavelength. Chinese men are also becoming more mature, attractive and desirable, according to observations by the women.

Here is the detailed list of questions and responses from the survey. Are the results accurate? Would Chinese men make good potential partners? Let us know what you think!

———ALL ABOUT CHINESE MEN 2012———-

====IMAGE MATTERS====

1) What kind of fashion do they wear?

1. Casual pants + t-shirt (34.5%)
2. Jeans + t-shirt (33.6%)
3. Jeans + shirt (10.6%)
4. Casual suit (8.2%)
5. Shorts + singlet (5.0%)
6. Format suit (4.5%)
7. Topless (1.0%)
8. Others (2.7%)

2) What kind of style do they belong to?

1. Mature (37.6%)
2. Otaku (17.1%)
3. Sporty (12.6%)
4. Forever alone (8.5%)
5. Fatherly (7.2%)
6. Chauvinistic (5.8%)
6. Creepy old man (1.6%)
7. Cute (1.4%)
8. Tall, rich & handsome (1.3%)

3) Ever done any of these image-spoiling acts?

1. Spitting (24.0%)
2. Never done any! (23.6%)
3. Smoking in public places (22.7%)
4. Swearing and cursing (10.7%)
5. Over drinking (5.4%)
6. Others (4.6%)
7. Taking off shoes and scratching feet in public places (4.3%)
8. Hitting women (3.8%)
9. Fighting for seats with senior citizens and kids (0.9%)

4) What kind of men do they aspire to be?

1. Myself! (54.2%)
2. Business tycoon like Wang Shi (21.2%)
3. Successful IT guy like Mark Zuckerberg (4.2%)
4. Finance expert like Lang Xianping (4.0%)
5. World idol like David Beckham (3.9%)
6. Political figure like Obama (3.4%)
7. A man like my dad (2.9%)

====HEART MATTERS====

1) What is their main source of pressure?

1. Low income & high cost of living (35.6%)
2. Not exactly feeling stressed (24.0%)
3. Workplace related stress (19.4%)
4. Deteriorating health (11.2%)
5. Family tensions (9.8%)

2) Do they have any dreams?

1. Yes! (66.7%)
2. Hard to say… (19.9%)
3. No. (13.5%)

3) What qualities do they look for in girls?

1. Pure, kind & family-oriented (19.8%)
2. Kind & filial (15.8%)
3. Others (15.1%)
4. Ability to hold intellectual conversations (13.4%)
5. Beautiful with good figure (12.6%)
6. Obedient (5.9%)
7. Admires me (4.3%)
8. Career-oriented (3.7%)

4) How do they express their love?

1. Growing old together with her (34.7%)
2. Buy her favourite things for her (16.9%)
3. Caring for her when she’s sick (14.4%)
4. Treat her family like his own (12.7%)
5. Be supportive of her work (8.8%)
6. Provide a good life for her (4.7%)
7. Give in to her as much as possible (3.8%)

5) What would cause them to have a breakdown?

1. Parents diagnosed with serious illnesses (48.7%)
2. No money to buy a property (13.2%)
3. Piling credit card debt (7.8%)
4. Seeing a friend getting promoted again (5.7%)
5. Can’t find a girlfriend (4.9%)

6) What gives them happiness?

1. A relaxed vacation trip (24.7%)
2. Good sex (18.9%)
3. Becoming a dad (13.7%)
4. A romantic encounter (9.3%)
5. Getting praised by the boss (8.4%)
6. Having more savings (9.3%)
7. Marriage proposal accepted (8.9%)
8. Others (6.8%)

7) What are their recent concerns?

1. How to earn more money? (55.0%)
2. What is the meaning of life? (14.0%)
3. How to become more attractive? (8.5%)
4. Will real estate prices drop? (4.4%)
5. How to get the girl I like? (4.3%)
6. Where to go for vacation?, What to have for lunch? (3.2%)

====MONEY MATTERS====

1) Where do their savings go to?

1. What savings!? (24.6%)
2. Parents (15.8%)
3. Electronic goods (12.6%)
4. Surprise gifts for wife, Lunch & karaoke treats to friends (11.5%)
6. Cigarettes & Alcohol (8.1%)
7. Spend on other girls (6.2%)

2) Condoms: What is the price and quality?

1. Domestic brands. $0.16-0.48/each. (18.2%)
2. Imported brands. $0.48-1.60/each. (17.2%)
3. Imported brands. $0.48/each. (7.9%)
7. Domestic brands. <$0.16/each. (4.3%)

3) Mobile phones: What model are they currently using?

1. Imported brands such as HTC, Samsung, Nokia, etc (54.0%)
2. Domestic brands (27.4%)
3. iPhone (10.3%)
4. Imitations (8.3%)

4) Vacations: How often do they travel?

1. 2-3 times (28.5%)
2. Only once (23.9%)
3. 3-5 times (4.6%)
4. 5-10 times (1.4%)
5. More than 10 times (0.9%)

====WOMEN’S OBSERVATIONS: EVOLUTION OF CHINESE MEN====

1) Evolving top three must-have items

In the past…
1. Army Uniform
2. Fountain pen
3. Bicycle

In 2012…
1. Watch
2. Suit
3. Electronic gadgets

2) Evolving career choices

In the 60s… Cattle farmer
In the 70-80s… Cinema projectionist
In the 80s… Departmental store salesman
In the late 80s… Writer
In early 21st century… IT guy
In 2012… Civil servant

3) Evolving fashion trends (Celebrities vs Guy next door)?

In the 80s…

In the 90s…

In 2012…

Source: 163.com
Photo: Godfrey Tsao (via Nifty)