Saturday, July 15, 2006

China's Love Letter Crisis

Where in the world is the lost art of romance?

The Shanghai Popular Book Mall launched a love letter contest in June which ended yesterday. You would think the Chinese, with a population of well over 1 billion, would contribute a tremendous response.

However, the organizers said they had received only about 30 letters one day before the deadline, and that nearly all of them were from women.

Professor Chen Lifei from Shanghai Normal University offered that "Several decades ago, Chinese people seldom spoke out loud about their love due to the society's atmosphere. Their oppressed feelings could only be relieved by means of passionate love letters."

An organizer of the event lamented that you could find love letter forms all over the Internet, where all you had to do was input some basic information, and presto, you could send an "instant" love letter.

Yes, a love letter from the heart takes some time, but it's a lot easier than you think. Because you shouldn't think when you're writing one! Here are some easy love letter writing tips.

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