Dating a chinese man
Melanie Gao, a 43-year-old from Tuscaloosa, Alabama who works in Beijing as a corporate trainer, writes a blog (thedowntown diner.blogspot.com) where she shares her experiences in a cross-cultural marriage.
Her first stop in Asia was in Japan in the 90s to study, and she says she was not initially attracted to Asian men.
"My parents were unhappy at the beginning," Zhang says.
His family thought he should find a girlfriend to marry who would be more traditional, but "after Megan met my parents they thought she was a very good girl".
Expectations in relationships are much higher in Chinese culture and they are taken more seriously from the outset.
Making the right first impression is incredibly important if you want to go out on a date with a Chinese woman.
Other hurdles can often include the involvement of the family in the couple's life.
Gao says she's had to adjust to how much her husband's parents are involved with their life, having been raised to be more independent.
Dating and courtship can be very different from what Western women are used to.Her blog focuses on cross-cultural relationships between Chinese men and Western women.Family can also be another hurdle for many foreign women in relationships with Chinese men.It revealed some common stereotypes of the image of Chinese men in the Western women's eyes.Chinese men were complimented as being family-oriented, willing to spend money on women and serious about relationships, but there were also some negative characteristics.