Jinmen – Making Connections

Jinmen is a close-knit society where people connect with each other privately through kinship and marriage, and publicly through local employment in limited career options. Weddings have always been an important medium of refreshing and maintaining connections. Connections are secured through reciprocal acts between two parties. For example, red twisted cords are symbolic gifts to thank people for helping out at a wedding and boxes of wedding cake are gifted to those who post messages of congratulations in a local newspaper. But keeping connections can be expensive and tight networks may endanger personal privacy. Can making connections also generate negative feelings?

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