Rethinking the Chinese bride price

This study aims to examine the practice of Chinese marital tradition, Cai Li (i.e. Bride Price), among young Chinese Australians.

By looking into people's first hand experience of this tradition, this study asks: how does the experience of living in Australia affects the continuation of cultural practice, power dynamics within gender and intergenerational relations, and individual's self-identification as Chinese.

This study is a small-scale qualitative research project. The participants will participate in 60min interview, during which he/she will be asked to share the experience of this marital tradition and how living in Australia affect the practice. Participants may be contacted to do a 30-60min follow-up interview.

Ethics approval number: 2019/715.


You may be eligible to participate in this study if you:

  • Are between 20-35 years old and
  • Have/had first-hand experience of 彩礼 Cai Li (either giving or receiving) and
  • Are currently residing in Australia.

How to participate

If you are interested in assisting with this important and exciting area of research, please contact the study facilitator: Hui via email: