As such, I always feared the chance of disapproval when my love interests deviated from that of dating the ideal Chinese doctor.
Even after trying to ignore parental pressure and their sometimes unreasonable requirements, many of these qualifications are still ingrained in me and my generation alike.
There are many Chinese parents out there that may be hesitant about the unfamiliar, but with an open heart and an open mind, what is different can be embraced and ultimately turn out to be a great experience.
No, not the disease you can pick up when travelling to certain countries.
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 importance of family, honor, and hard work are reflected in all aspects of life, including romantic relationships and dating.
Just like my parents, financial stability and a respectable career are basic prerequisites that seem to unconsciously take precedence over many other traits in younger generations.
Stereotypes Parental concerns aren’t the only factors that influence relationships, but stereotypes brought on by the American media also fall into play.
As an Asian American woman, sometimes I too fall into the trap of labeling Asian men as passive.
On the other hand, some men might wishfully believe that Asian women are submissive and will cater to their every need and want.
Interracial Dating Although dating a nice Chinese doctor may be at the top of my parents’ wishes, dating people from other cultures and backgrounds is not out of the realm of possibility.
Respect and honor of the Chinese culture might have to be learned, but the same goes for the other person’s heritage.
I'm talking about when Caucasian men develop an acute sexual preference for East Asian women – even becoming a fetish, for some.