But in China, people more often than not are dating to try and obtain a serious or steady relationship.
In a recent study of dating and marital preferences among young adults in China, only 38 percent of the female respondents disagreed with the statement that it is best to date and later marry only one man during their lifetimes (Mavrides, 2009).
In fact, relationships are sometimes even prohibited by teachers or school principals in China, who need to make sure that their students stay on track.
Of course flirting is still present in both cultures.
During Imperial China, becoming a scholar was a huge priority because it meant wealth and status for families (which in turn meant better marriage matches).
Over time, the difficult scholar exams were transformed into Modern China’s college entrance exam 高考 (gāo kǎo.) Gao Kao is a standardized exam that determines what university you can enter (and whether you can even enter university).
High school days are the busiest for teenagers because of the rigorous school work and preparation needed for .
And unsurprisingly, many families don’t approve dating before college because they see it as a distraction from student responsibilities.
If you see someone you like, simply "wave" at them.On the other hand, dating in the United States is so casual that people will even date as a way of getting to know someone better.If they click with the person, they simply go on more dates.Most Westerners and Chinese people do want to settle, with marriage as the end goal, but Westerner are usually more open to that option later down their life.Therefore, Americans think about marriage as an event that can happen later down the road.
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