Asian dating traditions

Different ethnic and racial groups across the world have different ideas about how to proceed with Asian dating. Some Asian countries don’t permit freedom in dating at all. But for groups that do have permissive dating rules, the Internet has a dating site for them. Asian dating sites exist as well. But as with all ethnicities, Asians have a very different approach to dealing with dating. This has to do with the belief systems of the Asian people.

Dating an Asian person can be an eye-opening experience for a Westerner. It can mind blowing experience especially for Westerners who have never been exposed to another Asian culture. Tradition in Asian countries is strongly upheld be Asian people and that is the major differences between Asians and “Westerners”:

Asian dating perspective of gender roles
Gender roles are more defined in Asia than in the West. Asian men are tradtionally the providers of the family. The protectors. Asian women support their men, taking care of their needs. This doesn’t mean men dominate. Relationships are quite respectful. It simply means that sex roles are more standardized than in other places.

Family is important
Traditionally, Asian women will bring their dates home to meet her parents. These meetings are seem to be a mark of respect towards their parents. It can also determine the future of the relationship. If a parent doesn’t like a date, that is the end of it.

Asian families relied on arranged marriages. Parents would choose their children’s marriage partners. Often, the decision was made based on status or family honor. The children accepted or learned to accept it. Fortunately, things are different now. But family still plays a large role in whom their children date and marry. Therefore, bringing her date to meet Asian parents is part and parcel of the Asian dating process.

Asian Culture
Culture is everything to the traditional Asian family. The Asian culture has a lot of yearly celebrations, just as Westerners do. The difference is that children of Asian family must joined in the festival celebrations. So those dating Asians need to understand that they will be expected to join in the festivities.

Asian dating for long term
Think long-term. Traditionally, dating is a lot more formal in Asia than in the West. The goal is long-term leading towards marriage. Those wanting a short jaunt with a lot of physical contact are barking up the wrong tree, so to speak. Asian dating is nothing frivolous.

It is helpful to note that these differences in culture are based on perception. Some Asians have lived in the West so long they have lost some of that tradition. Their values reflect that. They often date many people. They may be open to gender-role differences. But don’t expect that. Culture runs deep, and though an Asian person might not follow one tradition from their heritage, they may others.

Asian dating isn’t any more complex than dating anywhere else. Each culture has its expected dating process. And expectations. Traditional Asian culture will take precedence over Western culture most of the time. Simply respecting the differences between the two very different peoples will help things go more smoothly. People may even find that the two cultures combine to form a very fruitful union.

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  1. GarykPatton on June 16th, 2009

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