It’s not uncommon for parents and grandparents to set their children up on blind dates with suitable matches they’ve found.
Pragmatic purposes: More so than Westerners, many Chinese view dating as a pragmatic affair.
It’s not always about finding love so much as it is about finding a potential marriage partner who fits with one’s own ideals.
For example, although many men get married without any of these things, Chinese women will often say that they’re looking for a man who owns a house and a car, because that’s the sort of person who probably has a stable career and will be able to provide for her and for their future children in the long-term. As one contestant on China’s most popular dating show put it, ‘I’d rather cry in a BMW than laugh on a bicycle.’Parental involvement: Every parent is different, of course, but in general Chinese parents expect to be more involved in their children’s relationships than you might expect -- and than their kids might want!
Although some couples might wear or buy things like this in the U.
By Charles Custer As you might imagine for a nation with a few thousand years of relatively continuous tradition, dating is a little bit different in China than it is in most Western countries.
The basics are the same, of course -- people are people everywhere -- but there are still quite a few things that are different about Chinese dating in general.For example: When it starts: Because of China’s rigorous college entrance examination, dating is rarely tolerated among high school students. That doesn’t mean that Chinese teens don’t have high school crushes or even relationships (mostly secret ones), but in general, Chinese students leave high school with a lot less romantic experience than their American counterparts.As I have only studied South Korea from the seat of my desk here in Ohio, I may be completely wrong on this.In South Korea, it seems as though couples are very into showing publicly that they are dating.Couples will get "couple accessories" such as matching t-shirts (or complimentary ones), matching/complimentary key chains, phone cases, entire outfits, etc.These are used in public rather than a private display. Along with Valentines day, there is White day, which is when women give men chocolates and gifts. A month later on April 14, Black day is celebrated (unofficially) where anyone who is single can wallow in their own self pity and eat Jajangmyeon, which is a type of black bean noodle dish.