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Understanding Chinese Cultures

Asian women, colors, and clothes

When you’re dating Asian women, it is always a good idea to learn as much about their culture as possible.  This appreciation of their heritage can go a long way, especially if you are of Western descent.  A big part of Chinese culture in particular is in color and clothing.

Colour palette

Red, black, and white are the three central colors within the country’s culture, and each color bears a particular significance.

Red, the color of blood, is the symbol of wealth, happiness, fame, and good luck.  Black, often associated with feces, symbolizes dirt, evil, sin, disaster, sadness, and suffering.  It is the color of bad luck and should not be worn to special festivals or celebrations.  As the intermediate between red and black, white – also the color of mother’s milk – is the symbol for purity, honesty, life, and moderation.  However, it is also used frequently in funerals because it is thought to harmonize all of the elements.

When it comes to clothing, Asian women and men also observe certain practices, although there are no specific rules.

Traditionally, black has been avoided, although modern Chinese people have begun to incorporate more black into their wardrobes.  Generally, bright colors are the norm, except when it comes to dressing for one’s profession.  For example, those doing manual labor might get dirty more frequently, so they often stick to darker clothing.

The next time you think about color and clothing and you’re in China, consider how these elements integrate into Chinese culture.

Why are many Chinese girls interested in dragons?

Are you wondering why some Chinese girls are so interested in dragons? You might have noticed that the dragon plays an important role in Chinese culture and legend, but few Westerners actually know the whole story.

Dragon Traditional 1

According to legend, dragons used to roam the lands, seas, and skies in China.  These magical creatures were able to summon wind, call for rain, breathe fire, sleep in the sea, and soar in the sky.  Dragons were also thought to have the ability to make themselves extremely large or as small as they wanted.

Chinese dragons aren’t anything like those we hear about in medieval folklore that would burn down castles and kidnap princesses.  In fact, the Chinese dragon is a benevolent creature that is worshipped to this day. It signified strength, good luck, and power.  The number nine is considered lucky in China because the dragon is comprised of nine animal resemblances.

Modern-day Chinese citizens refer to themselves as descendants of Yangdi and Huangdi, two legendary tribe leaders born of the dragon that defeated the ruthless Chi You, thus starting Chinese civilization.

Today, the dragon still plays a major role in Chinese celebrations.  The dragon dance is performed at a number of celebrations such as the Chinese New Year.  There are even a number of festivals focusing on the celebration of the dragon legend.

If you want to impress Chinese girls, do a little more research into the cultural significance of the dragon and share what you’ve learned.  There is a lot more to Chinese culture than dragons, so be prepared to learn a lot of interesting things.

Dating Asian women? Fun facts about the Chinese language

Part of the fun of dating Asian women for many Westerners is getting exposure to a different country and culture.  However, when it comes to the Chinese language – of which there are many dialects – learning the language or even just some of the most basic phrases can seem daunting.

Chinese

Learning Chinese doesn’t have to be a scary thought.  It can actually be a very rewarding experience.  After all, plenty of people speak the language in one form or another.  In hopes of taking away some of the hesitation you might feel, we’ve put together some fun facts about the language:

  • More than 800 million people speak Mandarin, the official language of China.  If you break that down based on the planet’s population, that’s one in five people!
  • Learning Chinese isn’t as hard as you probably think.  European languages – and English – are actually more difficult to learn than Chinese thanks to all of the tenses, plurals, cases, and genders involved.  Chinese grammar is pretty straightforward, but it is tonal, which means the pitch of your voice matters.
  • You might already know a little Chinese.  A lot of Chinese words and phrases have been Anglicized, so you might already have a good base.  For example, that cup of cha in the morning actually comes from a Mandarin word (chá) and Kung-fu comes from gōngfu!
  • Lots of Chinese jokes are puns or plays on words.  This might make learning the language a little more appealing.  If you like to challenge yourself, this is a great way to learn to be funny in your new language, making it easier to break the ice when dating Asian women.
  • Learning Chinese can actually make learning other Asian languages easier.  The ability to read and write Chinese characters will inevitably make it a little easier for you to learn other Asian languages, such as Japanese.

Asking Asian women their age

When it comes to dating, the topic of one’s age will inevitably come up, but is it acceptable to ask Asian women their age?  First of all, keep in mind that it’s never a good idea to ask a lady her age.  It’s usually better to let a woman volunteer that information for you.

All joking aside, the Chinese have a very interesting take on birthdays and age.  In fact, there are actually taboos when it comes to the birthday, especially for Asian women.

chinese birthday

First of all, when a child is born in China, he or she is already a one-year-old, unlike in the West.  A socially acceptable way of enquiring as to a Chinese lady’s name is by asking them what their zodiac sign is. If you know their animal, it should be pretty easy to figure out from there. Another thing to remember is that it is bad luck to celebrate a birthday after the big day; birthdays must be celebrated on or before one’s birthday.  Moreover, women don’t celebrate all of their birthdays.

The 30th birthday is often frowned upon in the west, but in China, it takes on a whole new meaning.  It is a year of uncertainty and danger, so Chinese women remain 29 for an additional year to avoid bad luck.

The 33rd year is also particularly troublesome, so in order to avoid bad luck in the coming year, a woman turning 33 must purchase a piece of meat and chop it 33 times while hiding behind the kitchen door.  Chopping the meat is believed to cast evil into the meat and away from the woman.  The meat is then tossed in the trash.

Like the 33rd birthday, the 66th birthday is also bad news and some meat must once again be chopped and tossed.  This time, the woman’s daughter or closest female relative must do the deed, making 66 cuts on this occasion.