Compared with western cultures, China has traditionally had a vastly different value system toward marriages and family.
But over the past 30 years, these customs have been upended.
At least that's the sentiment of 2,667 respondents surveyed by 2Red Beans, an online dating website for overseas Chinese.
For cofounder Q Zhao, the results were surprising.“I think it’s from the influence of western culture,” Zhao told NBC News.
Despite all the limitations, the show was a groundbreaking depiction of courtship.
It took decisions about love and marriage from the private home to the very public domain of broadcast TV.
Economic liberalization had loosened restrictions for what could appear on the airwaves, but there was now the added pressure of turning a profit.The findings, Zhao said, suggest a shift away from conventional attitudes typically embraced by Chinese.“The traditional Chinese dating culture is as soon as someone asks you out for a cup of coffee, you’re exclusive, that you should just date this one person,” she said.Related: Chinese Americans Find Love on Specialty Dating Site While that mindset might be changing, Chinese living in Canada still tend to be more conservative than their counterparts elsewhere, according to the survey.Thought to contribute to peace and stability, it was the dominant custom into the latter half of the 20th century.But China’s 1978 Open Door Policy, which transitioned the country from a rigid, centrally-planned economy to a global, market-based economy, exposed the Chinese people to an array of outside cultural influences.