Editor's Note: Decades after China's opening up, intercultural relationships can still become an issue. A recent article titled "Single foreign females in China don't have it easy," published in Global Times Metro Shanghai on April 28, has sparked huge controversy. The Global Times has invited three people to share their views of interracial relationships in today's China. An English friend, who just moved back to London from China, told me he missed China, and more importantly, the attention from Chinese women that he will never get in London.
Many Chinese women have shrugged off the spy warning— but say relationships between Chinese women and foreign men are anything but smooth. But while dating seems to be on the rise, marriage is still unusual—thanks to political differences that are often irreconcilable, according to the women I spoke to, who were all between 21 and 25, prime age to start looking for a husband in China. The opposing political views of May Xu, 24, who works for a Spanish head hunting firm in Shanghai, and her Spanish ex-boyfriend, who she met at work, were reflected in just one sentence. She broke up with him soon afterward.
Gone are the days when marriages were planned and conducted traditionally. Nowadays, Technological advancement has made life easier and manageable. In fact, it has made everything possible- even conducting a marriage over a world wide web.
If you are a Westerner, dreaming of dating a Chinese girl, you should brace for the upcoming challenges that you will have to take on. When you start dating a Chinese girl, make sure not to ask her standard questions about Chinese traditions that you can easily learn online. Moreover, if you show her that you already did some research, she will be impressed.