Almost everywhere else in China, however, traditional attitudes to dating prevail. In traditional Chinese culture, boys and girls are introduced to each other in a group social setting.
I never attributed tenets as simple as honoring and respecting elders, especially parents, to my ethnic upbringing.
And unsurprisingly, many families don’t approve dating before college because they see it as a distraction from student responsibilities.
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.
Using a foundation of social exchange theory, the analyses illustrate the differences between the dating attitudes and expectations of Chinese women and men.
Per traditional expectations, both sexes place a low priority on sexual behaviors, yet more progressive attitudes and behaviors are also evident.
Dating and romantic relationships are a normal, yet essential, part of life during the adolescent and early adult years.