East meets west dating club
It’s a one-bedroom flat.’ Buying their children apartments isn’t just a simple investment for parents, but a guarantee, at least in their minds, of an old age spent in their children’s house.The media often deplore the commercialised nature of young love, exemplified in 2010 by Ma Nuo, a contestant on a dating show; when asked by an unemployed contender if she would ride with him on his bike, she replied: ‘I’d rather cry in a BMW than laugh on a bicycle.’ It’s true that the bling-laden snapshots of triumphant gold-diggers on dating sites and boastful blogs are deeply off-putting.Why are Asian parents so vested in their children’s spousal selection?At university, Sally dated a rural boy who was a student representative and, highly unusually, a sincere believer in Communism. ‘He wouldn’t even take pencils from the student council room to use for himself.’ But he couldn’t live up to the standards that Sally and her parents expected.Mariko Tokioka knew exactly what she wanted to do after her previous company Quipper was acquired by Japanese giant Recruit. “In London, I wanted to meet someone who shared my culture and language, and could talk to my parents.
With Chinese youth rejecting their parents values, eager to hop on a Western-style carousel, are we looking at the potential for a poosy paradise eruption in five or so years?
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