A decade ago, my plans for coming to China included teaching for a year, two...maybe even three, before returning to the US to start my teaching career.
Dating was not part of my plan, so when it happened, I was completely unprepared for it.
"Lives in Shanghai, has a university degree, annual income 20,000 to 50,000 yuan." Just over 10,000 tickets for the event were officially sold, but Shu Xin, one of the organisers, claimed that 20,000 people had visited yesterday and 18,500 on Saturday.
"The queues have been so long that some people threatened to lodge a complaint to the mayor of Shanghai," Shu Xin said.
The attendees, meanwhile, had some very rigid ideas about what they were looking for.
Despite descending from a country so massive, people with Chinese heritage still share a common culture and value system that rings true with many other Asian cultures.The "minimum requirement" for the women meanwhile was straight-forward: a man with his own house, and preferably also a car."I have had 20 to 30 mothers come up to me with their son's telephone number," said Liu Xiuling, a 23-year-old marketing consultant. I do believe in love, but I also believe you have to balance your feelings with some sense of what is practical," she said.When I thought about my burgeoning crush for Tian, I figured it was no different from that college semester when I studied in Spain.All the American girls I knew liked flirting with the local Spaniards, and why not?