Chinese university students produce diverse dating variety shows to explore methods of solving love problems
Published: Jul 24, 2022 11:52 PM
Photo: Screenshot of the show Woxianghenizaiyiqi on Bilibili
Photo: Screenshot of the show Woxianghenizaiyiqi on Bilibili

Dozens of dating variety shows produced by students from different Chinese universities were released on Chinese video sharing platforms showing how modern Chinese young people view love and offering examples of solving problems in romantic relationships.

The program made by students of the Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, called Woxianghenizaiyiqi (lit: I want to be with you), has been viewed more than 200,000 times on Chinese video sharing platform Bilibili. The program is actually the homework for a course on production of audio-visual programs, the Hubei Daily reported.

The students at the Wuhan University also produced a show called Woxiangrenshini (lit: I want to know you) in December 2021, and uploaded it on Bilibili as a project for the course. The program attracted a lot of attention with the interaction of the host, guests and three dating couples.

This dating program invites several students as guests to watch how couples date in the show. They are with the host in the studio watching how the couples share their feelings and opinions on romantic relations.

Some students who attended the programs as volunteers have fallen in love after the show, which was a surprise for the producers.

In the show, they first introduce themselves and get to know each other by playing games or having dinner together. The couples can even set the dating process according to their own interest in the program made by students of Zhejiang University.

Although these shows have a simpler production compared with the programs made by professionals, they have gathered a huge number of fans, especially in the universities, as the guests share their real life making students feel close.

Students from different universities around China left messages to support their favorite couples and share their real troubles in romantic relations.

"I have kept a watchful eye on the couple of the Huazhong University of Science and Technology for a while and can feel they really appreciate each other in the show. Finally, they became real couple," a university student surnamed Yuan in Qingdao, East China's Shandong Province, told the Global Times.

He said that the main reason for loving the program is to watch the growth of "couples" and learn for himself. "I did learn something from their success or failure."

The greatest value of the dating shows made by university students lies in the program planning, the selection of guests and filming process, said Qu Wenyan, professor at the Wuhan University of Communication.

Qu believes that love is an eternal social issue and nowadays there are more connections between college students and society, so it is a normal choice to shoot such programs reflecting the views of students on love.