There are dozens of ethnic groups, each with their own dialect, spread throughout the different regions of the United States.
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.
As a first generation Chinese American, I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, a major hub for multitudes of Asians and Asian Americans.
From parental pressures to societal stereotypes, get a first hand perspective on Chinese dating in America right here!
By Katherine Chong In America, the Chinese community is represented by all walks of life – educated and unschooled, Buddhist and Christian, immigrant and American-born, first generation to sixth.
I had always understood certain facets of everyday life as norms since most of my peers were like me and grew up in households like mine.
I never attributed tenets as simple as honoring and respecting elders, especially parents, to my ethnic upbringing.
The Parental Influence Like many Chinese parents, mine only expected the best – the best grades, the best schools, the best jobs, and the best husband who shared those same qualities.
As such, I always feared the chance of disapproval when my love interests deviated from that of dating the ideal Chinese doctor.
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.