Chinese couples are feeling helpless when purchasing a house. A popular song is currently circulating in China reflecting this situation called My Mother-In-Law Pushes Me to Buy a House.
My Mother-In-Law Pushes Me to Buy a House is without instrumental accompaniment. The group in the music video is comprised of teachers, financial advisers, stage performers, and catering operators. The song was launched in February 2017 on the Internet and was well received.
The song is about the helplessness and bitterness that young people feel about the housing market in China, as house prices are beyond the reach of many. But the young husband’s mother-in-law wants him to buy a house, and does not care about the cost.
China Youth Daily reported that this song reflects the struggles of young people today, particularly those who cannot get married because they have insufficient financial resources to buy a house. At present, the price of houses in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen is beyond the reach of most young couples.
It was reported in December 2016 that the price of houses in Shenzhen, Beijing, and Shanghai averaged US$7,709 per square meter. The average house price in these three cities is higher than the average price in Tokyo, Japan and Manhattan, New York. Higher still is the average price of a home in Beijing, US$8,621 per square meter, thus a small 100 square meter house is approximately US$862,100. It would take the average wage earner in Beijing over 60 years to save enough to purchase a house in the city, and that is without paying for living expenses!
Another popular song called Ask the Magic Mirror expresses the surrealism of those who seek help from a magic mirror to realize their dream of home ownership in China.
“Neon lights flashing the whole night, empty is my whole body while I work, mother-in-law asked when to buy a house?
Magic mirror, magic mirror, where are you, I am here calling you,
Where is my new home; for my dream, how much more do I need to struggle?
Magic mirror, magic mirror, quickly show your magic and direct me to my dream home.
My heart is dripping blood every minute.
Reality is ruthless; my dream is crushed into the ground
Oh my God, mother-in-law asked me when to buy a house?
Magic mirror, magic mirror, quickly show your magic. Magic mirror is only a fairy tale.”
Translated by Chua, B.C.