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#3: We Found Love in a Hopeless Place



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Let’s face it, the dating scene in Shanghai is a pretty loaded subject. With so many aspects of dating to explore, we’re narrowing in on a specific but widely seen phenomenon. How often do you see a foreign man with a Chinese woman versus a Chinese man with a foreign woman? We explore the dynamics between foreigners and locals, focusing on how gender roles and cultural expectations impact dating choices.

Episode producer: Hannah Tessler
Music credits: freesound.org users: setuniman, hoerspielwerkstatt
Theme song: 4barrelcarb, “Ambient Strings and Synth Mix

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Special thanks to all of our interviewees and to Christine for translation help.

Further reading:

Farrer, James. “From ‘Passports’ to ‘Joint Ventures’: Intermarriage between Chinese Nationals and Western Expatriates Residing in Shanghai.” Asian Studies Review 32, no. 1 (2008): 7-29.

Huang, David Henry. 1988. “M Butterfly.”

Higgins, Louise, Mo Zheng, Yali Liu and Chen Hui Sun. 2002. “Attitudes to Marriage and Sexual Behaviors: A Study of Gender and Culture Differences in China and United Kingdom.” Sex Roles 46, no. 3/4 (2002): 75-89.

Rudder, Christian. “Race and Attraction, 2009-2014.” The Okcupid Blog, September 9, 2014.

Uchida, Aki. “The Orientalism of Asian women in America.” Women’s Studies International Forum 21, no. 2 (1998): 153-278.