I’m at a Spa getting a massage and start talking with the girl working there. A while into the conversation she asks:
“Do you have a boyfriend?”
I: “I do.”
She: “Where is he from?”
I: “He’s from Northeast China.”
She: “Do your parents approve of your relationship?”
I: “Of course, why wouldn’t they?”
She: “That’s great. Many Chinese parents would be much more traditional.”
She: “Yes. They’d be afraid that if their daughter lived abroad with a foreign boyfriend or husband they might not be able to help her if she get’s into a dangerous situation or if her guy doesn’t treat her well. They wouldn’t be able to just travel there and help her in that situation.”
I: “I see. I’ve met many Chinese women who are happily married to foreigners and whose husbands treat them fairly well.”
She: “Oh really? So realtionships between foreigners and Chinese can work out pretty well then.
I: “Of course they can.”
Have you ever been asked about your relationship status by a stranger?