Chinese dating marriage customs
You may laugh at it, but we grew up feeling very sorry for you guys, who were so mercilessly exploited, and very happy for the fact that we were born in Soviet Union. I have a personal experience of living through the process of finding a foreign husband, and I see my own marriage to a western man as liberation, which it certainly was if you compare the level of freedom in post-Soviet Russia and in the west with its centuries-old democratic traditions.
While some reporters enjoy speculating about "men buying women - women selling themselves", this is just as valid a description as "exploiter-exploited" for employer-employee relationship.
Russian women living abroad are different from Russian women living in Russia. Part of it was simply growing as a person, but a great deal was due to the different culture. Some reporters pull a phrase out of my writings, take it out of the context, and then happily announce, "Look how they taut those poor Russian brides" (not that there is anything wrong with those reporters; they just have to have "an angle" to their story, and this one sells better).
Russian women change when they move abroad, and western demographics is very different from Russian (where they have only 87 men for 100 women). This reminds me of the times they taught us in Soviet Russia that western employees were mercilessly exploited by greedy capitalists.
There is also a difference between western men living in the west and Russian men living in Russia (and I am certainly not a big fond of the patriarchal, chauvinistic Russian family model).
You live in a certain society and you become a part of this society, whether you want it or not.
When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home, long drives to explore the island, and quality time with the man she might one day marry.
Beware though, that a lady can accept somebody else's offer, even if she really likes you, just because she is not sure about your intentions.
The greatest difference between Russian women and western women is precisely captured by linguistics: in English you call it, "to share your life with" and in Russian they call it, "to join our lives together".
Where you will often find a western woman being a competitor in a relationship, a Russian woman is a partner.
If you meet somebody's sight, she will usually just look back but never smile, as in Russia it's not appropriate to smile to they consider many western comedies being silly.
Loud laughing at background in sitcoms they find irritating and stupid.