North China

Domestic Ties, Household Bondage, and Trading of People in North China

Matchmakers are commonly considered romantic figures right out of Fiddler on the Roof. The classic archetype is of a loquacious, respected elder, usually female, who knits families together via matrimony.

Johanna Ransmeier, a new assistant professor of history, has discovered that, at least in turn-of-the-twentieth-century China, matchmakers played a less wholesome role.