It was only a matter of time before a blog like China Dirt popped up. Having been caught in the maelstrom of Western women going off on Western men dating Chinese women myself, it doesn't surprise me to see them take to the web. The site is fairly well written and I get the impression that the owners of it, while not happy with their local dating options, still have some hope and approach this whole topic with some needed lightheartedness.
I'll try to do the same as I give my two-cents on this issue. But as a disclaimer, I'm going to do some mass-generalizing along the way. I recognize that not every person is the same, but for the sake of simplicity, I'm going to focus on what I see happening more often than not. And yes, I'm aware that no matter what I say, I'm now the devil in the eyes of most every woman in Beijing. That's why this post has been sitting as a draft in my account for about a month and a half now.
So let's just start off by saying most of the expat men are no different than the men back home, only the environment has changed. Men who were once average, now are distinct, intriguing, and exotic to many of the locals. The world is opening up to these women and sometimes the expat male gives them a glimpse into something new. The same is true in reverse, the girls here are different and the men are equally curious about the girls suddenly giving them so much attention. Moths and flames come to mind right now, but who is the moth and who is the flame is up to your interpretation.
To Western women though, many of the expat males are not inherently interesting because of where they were born. They are for the most part, just like the guys you grew up and hung out with back home. Sure, they are different in the sense that they packed up and moved to China, but so did you...so that doesn't make them that distinct to you either. --- These are still the same guys you could once parade yourself around and pick at your leisure. Under your standard model, the guy feels special because YOU picked him and to be honest, I think you liked it that way. Now, the guy feels special because of who he is (no matter how superficial), and not because of the hoops he has to jump through to get to you.
Because lets be honest, the games employed by many Chinese women are much different than yours. In the early stages at least, the Chinese games are far less emotionally sophisticated, which makes it far easier to enter (some might say "get suckered") into a relationship. And to be honest, they seem to appreciate the attention they receive more than some of expat ladies, who seem to cast a critical eye on many of our good gestures as if we just "wanted something" from you. So many of you are still pouring over The Rules and Men are from Mars as though it were the relationship Bible,when they could just let their guards down a little bit. Hell, if some of you would just stop sneering at the poor guys who accidentally make eye-contact with you in the bar would be a good start. (Ok, that one was unfair...I'm actually just ranting about the Brazilian/Russian supermodel contingent at a bar I frequent! ha!).
You might even try to revive the lost art of flirting? I know this sounds incredibly strange, but many of you have lost your touch in this department. I can walk about to 95% of the single Chinese women and partake in some harmless flirting. Yeah, sometimes I'm just being a little goofy, but saying a few nice words and trying to make someone laugh seems to go a LONG way here. And when they really want to, many Chinese women know how to make great eye contact. When I try this with the expat ladies, they more often than not, refuse to play along. I'm sorry, sometimes they do partake in flirting, but only if he is tall, dark, and handsome and capable of somehow riding up next to you in the bar on his white horse wearing his shiny, new armor. Let's be honest though, what happens next is not even flirting, it's you now flinging yourself at your supposed "white" knight.
And it's here where most of the bitterness creeps in towards expat men. Why? It's because that man isn't interested in you and you're unable to fathom the reason. Well, here's a over-simplified explanation. All that pent-up rage you have about this topic, well it becomes emotional baggage for you. How many men do you know like a girl carrying around emotional baggage? They like Samsonite for their business trips,not their dating relationships. This means the guy is going to start looking elsewhere for someone a little more well-adjusted. I'm not saying he's going to find well-adjusted in some of the Chinese women, but at least they aren't projecting anger and spite at him.
Realizing this, you start berating the males around you with blanket statements regarding their gender's mission in China. And since verbal confrontation has never been listed down as an aphrodisiac, the men start putting space more and more between you and them. Ironically, there was probably a guy or two in the mix who was just starting to like you until you lumped him into your anti-testosterone rant. Eventually he'll start playing back in his mind the number of times he's heard a Chinese woman go off on that, figure out it's zero, and begin to understand why his fellow males begin to like the locals.
So what should you do about this? How can you fight this travesty? Well, here's my plan:
- Get Over It: If you just would let go and not let your misconceptions get in the way, you're going to see there are a few diamonds (ok, maybe Zirconia's) in the rough. You might even have a little fun with someone you normally wouldn't date.
- Find Your Niche: You can offer something to the expat males that most Chinese women can't. A true understanding of their culture, what they are trying to accomplish in their lives, and the challenges they face. I can assure you many expats find this part very difficult when "seriously" dating a Chinese girl.
- Dance: Go to the clubs and look at the girls around you. Remind yourself that you can do a much better job of it. Yeah, some of the girls can put on a good show, but that's all it is, a good show. You are real and something genuine is attractive. In a sense, I'm not really talking about dancing here, but you can figure it out from there.
- Respect The Man: Don't confuse what you call submissive in Asian women with what many men refer to as a little respect and admiration. I'm not saying all those men actually deserve this, but they do enjoy it and there is a lesson here. You don't have to bow in deference, so don't start with that line of thinking. I'm just suggesting that a little respect in a relationship goes a LONG way, especially with men. We're simple like that.
- Respect Yourself: Stop pitying yourself and don't settle for a jerk. Yeah, it's going to be a little more difficult than back home, but hold firm to your standards. Don't let temporary set-backs turn into vindictive rage. Be confident, not arrogant. It really does work.
At this point, someone is reading this and saying to themself, "Louis, you got burned bad in China." Well, to be honest, that's not the case at all. I'm just a guy who looks around and still sees a lot of expat males and females hitting it off, having a great relationship, while the rest of us get maligned as heretic worshipers of the local goddesses. And since I get frustrated myself at times, I thought I'd share a few of my thoughts on this topic. It is my blog. *grin*
So please don't hate me. I'm just an American Southern boy who grew up on catfish, sweet tea, and girls destined to be Miss America. I still remember what it you were like back in my Pre-China days and I remember it fondly. However, if I feel as though I'm being put through a test by you and your friends, I'm going to leave. I'm still young, but I'm too old to be put through an obstacle course over a prize that may not be worth winning.
I'll stop here. I think I could at least write seven more paragraphs dissecting this topic further, but at that point, I might as well contact a publisher and ask for a book contract. Feel free to agree or disagree in the comments section below, I'm not scared...
Let's just hope I don't have to rename this site "Louisa Hutong" after this.