Which brings us to the next phase on our journey: Ok, so now I’ve found someone I rather like, how on earth do I introduce them to my family?
Throughout my adolescence, I watched my peers glide through a variety of ‘meeting the parents’ scenarios with relative ease, all the while knowing that this would never quite work in my world.
It can be difficult to have a good relationship with your family if they disapprove of your partner, but following expert dating advice can provide a way in overcoming some obstacles, which will hopefully lead to your parents displaying a more accepting attitude.
Relationship expert, India Kang, has answered our questions to give you advice on how to tackle the main interracial dating issues.
Jim Wong’s son is a year younger than you and he is! Obviously such academic pressure leaves no time for a social life.
Dating isn’t mentioned in the Asian household, and girls only come up as a topic of discussion if they’re horrifically smart and if your parents want to compare you to them.
Introducing each other too soon may backfire especially if the relationship doesn’t work out.
But as Westernised as Singapore may be, our traditional Asian values still reign supreme.
I think we’ve all heard variations of award-winning words, “but he’s a doctor.” Even if you guys have nothing in common, our parents are always keen on marrying us with the best possible candidate.
In their eyes, we’re always their child, and they’ll forever treat us as such.
Even though Asian parents are less open to discuss things akin to dating, love, or sex; we still know where babies come from — the stork delivers them after pollination because the birds and the bees love each other very much.
We’ve come to realise that our parents’ words don’t have to be taken at face value.