Lost in Translation: Asian dating

When it comes to Asian dating, there can often be a huge culture clash when it involves a Chinese woman and a Western man.

If Asian dating is something that interests you, either at home, in China, or even online, you should probably know that there is no real translation for the word ‘dating’ in Mandarin.  So, translating ‘dating’ or ‘date’ from English to Chinese usually means nothing more than an appointment or meeting.  Often, the romantic connotation is lost in the translation.

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When you think about it, dating is really a subjective term, anyway.  But, what does this mean when dating a Chinese woman?  How do you keep things on track and heading in the right direction?

In most countries, going on a date usually means that there is at least an inkling of romantic interest in each other.  In mainland China, this is not always the case – and this can also happen when attempting to date a woman that has emigrated from China to a Western culture.  Why does this happen?

In China, platonic friendships between men and women are quite common.  Some people may find this refreshing, but if you are interested in dating a Chinese woman, it is important to understand this aspect of her culture.  In fact, Chinese women often go out with their male friends – who pay for their meals, movies, and entertainment – without any romantic feelings whatsoever.

The key to combatting this potentially embarrassing – and frustrating – situation is to learn as much about the Chinese culture as possible before you start dating.  It also helps to be completely upfront and honest – if you like her, tell her so.  But remember, if you’ve met a woman through an online dating site, chances are she’s thinking about romance, also!

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