However another cultural barrier stood in the way: the very firm belief that many Korean families hold about the role of a daughter-in-law.In many traditional Korean families, the daughter-in-law is expected to care for the groom’s parents, who often move into the newlyweds’ home.The couple recently broke up, “not due to our love ending but due to family responsibilities on his part.
An American woman in Hong Kong, a gallery director in her late twenties, has “no regrets” about choosing the expat life, she says. “I would like to have a boyfriend, my parents would definitely like me to have a boyfriend, but it’s hard to find here.” The biggest reason?“I’m financially independent and have come further in my career by this age than I ever would have been able to in the U. Expat men in Hong Kong, a city known for its glimmering strips of bars in Lan Kwai Fong and Wan Chai, have far too much fun as commitment-free singletons to settle down with a career-oriented woman, she says.The woman was seeing a fellow expat, and it was only after several seemingly serious dates that she saw him walking down the street in So Ho, a popular expat hub, with his arm around another woman. For expats, dating is even harder, compounded by cultural missteps, the hard partying and commitment-free lifestyle of many expats, and the concept of “expiration dating,” which assumes that any relationship has a natural end point.For other expats, it’s the unchangeable parts of themselves – their race or their sexuality – that can make dating harder than it would be in their home country.
But one thing is true for every expat in the dating scene: those who are looking for love overseas are bound for adventure.
A big issue for expats everywhere is cross-cultural dating.
You came to a new country to immerse yourself in all aspects of the culture, so why wouldn’t a relationship be a part of that?
Yet despite an increasingly globalized world, cultural rules often remain stubbornly unchanged.
American Christina Petit moved to South Korea to teach English, and fell in love with a local man, even enjoying the barriers created by not speaking the same language.
“It made us very slow, calm and careful communicators,” she says.