/ Courtesy of Hallie Bradley"A lot of people say that Western guys in Korea only want to date Korean girls and Korean guys only want to date Korean girls," she said. "There are men who are exceptions."She eventually began going out with a Korean, a "rebellious and unique" man who "liked being different." But her initial expectations reflected common perceptions about dating here, where it's more common to see heterosexual couples of expatriate men and Korean women, than vice-versa.The number of Korean man-expat woman couples appears to be on the rise, however.He (or she) is out there, but you’ve gotta make it through the Star Wars first.Before I write this, I should note that I rarely write about my personal life but I thought this was a story worth mentioning.Blind dating in Korea is much more common due to the general dating inexperience the younger generation has before college.This transition into adulthood sees a plethora of blind dating styles and tactics that are meant to mitigate the awkwardness of meeting a complete stranger under an intimate pretext. This is the type of blind dating that comes to mind first when you think of the activity: two strangers meeting in a public place, generally set up by a mutual friend or contact.
It’s always fun to follow your nose or see where your date wants to take theirs!
While data on expat dating patterns are difficult to come by, longtime observers say the increase is visible in hip areas such as Seoul's Itaewon and Hongdae districts.
This may seem a matter of course, given the rapid growth of the foreign population, whose number recently surpassed 1.5 million.
The number of foreign spouses living here has risen rapidly in recent years, a development linked to economic development.
However, international couples and families face stigmatization, and in the dating scene, conditions vary by race and economic background.