I love your work! It’s great and very entertaining. Cracks me up mad 🙂
I’m not sure if you guys have any experience about relationship dynamics between an Asian and a Westerner. But I’d like some opinions.
My man is from the States and I’m an Asian. Also, he is almost 40 while im in my late 20s. We have been together seven months, going strong and happy.
I asked him before if he is committed and he said he is. He used the term “all in” which made me very happy indeed. But I am unclear as to what kind of expectations or dynamics does a white guy in general hold towards a lasting relationship. I might have subscribed erroneously to the belief that westerners don’t regard commitment as seriously as Asians would. Can you please tell me the differences between a white man and an Asian man in terms of perspective and expectations for a lasting relationship?
Also, is there any advice for a young lady like me to know about dating an older man? Issues I should look out for perhaps?
I’d just like you to talk about your take on a lasting cross cultural relationships, and compounded with a bigger than usual age gap.
Thanks for your question and for your kind words. We do try.
We think you may be a bit too concerned about the stereotypes you may or may not have heard about “white” men—let’s say Western men—as opposed to Asian men. Obviously cultural differences factor into every aspect of of a person’s life, but from our experience there are many Western guys who take their commitments just as serious as any guy in the world. Sure, maybe there’s less divorce in Asia—we don’t have exact statistics—but that still doesn’t mean there are more happy marriages or long term partnerships in Asia. It could just mean that more people stay together, whether they’re happy or not. So we think you need to focus on the individual—your guy— rather than try to understand him from a cultural perspective.
The one cultural phenomenon that you should be aware of is that some Western Guys have a certain “thing” for Asian ladies. It’s only worth mentioning because we would be remiss if we didn’t mention it, but it’s not something you necessarily need to focus on. It’s a matter of taste. And although that may sound very superficial, men pursue women they’re physically attracted to—at least at the onset. And when that physical attraction is there, men also think about commitment more seriously. It’s a good thing.
Now let’s address your question about your age difference. We’re guessing it’s around a 12 year difference? Is that about right? He’s probably 39 and you’re 27. (How’s our guess?) If this is the age difference then this doesn’t really fall into the category of dating an older guy. If you were in your early twenties that would be a big difference. But since you’re in your late twenties you’ve experienced life without him. You’ve probably been out in the working world, and probably have dated other men. Concerns about dating an older guy come when there’s a striking difference between experience—usually when the difference is creeping towards 20 years—which throws off the power balance. If you find him trying to “educate” you and treating you like a young girl rather than an equal, now or in the future, that might be a concern and a red flag. But otherwise, no. (Watch our video on the topic: Dating Older Men)
Candy, if you really love this man and trust that he loves you we don’t see your cultural differences or your age differences being an issue. Of course we can’t look into the heart of this man and tell you for sure that he means what he says, that’s up to you to decide. But when a guys says he’s “all in” that’s generally a positive sign.
We wish you all the best,
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