To clarify, I don’t always generalize in this manner. But this was in China, where the pressure of getting married early (at least compared to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia standards) is surprisingly high! Sure, girl friends in London, Singapore and KL also wanted to be married, but in China, there are heavier expectations over girls (and boys!) to be married. The single child households contribute much to this pressure to get married and produce a grandchild.
The lad was someone I mentored and was a pretty good catch. He was one of the sweetest, kindest and most generous boys around and I didn’t want him unknowingly give too much hope to girls he really didn’t have any romantic notions for. Thankfully, he found and got married with a girl as equally sweet, kind and generous!