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It’s not always about finding love so much as it is about finding a potential marriage partner who fits with one’s own ideals.

For example, although many men get married without a house and a car, Chinese women will often say that they’re looking for these things because that’s the sort of person who probably has a stable career and will be able to provide for her and their future children in the long-term. As one contestant on China’s most popular dating show put it, "I’d rather cry in a BMW than laugh on a bicycle." Every parent is different, of course, but in general Chinese parents expect to be more involved in their children’s relationships.

We were 17 when we met, the summer before senior year, at a barbecue a mutual friend was hosting. That life was my goal and was so different from what I lived as a child: isolated home in the country, career mother, detached father, and no siblings.

They were high school sweethearts, together forever, raising a big brood of children in a distinctly suburban house filled with chaos, laughter, and smiles.

We did everything I had always longed to do with a boyfriend: went to football games, had picnics, rode a camel at the zoo, went to dances, celebrated Sweetest Day, made Halloween costumes, and went to prom. Suddenly we had each other and because we were everything the other person needed, we started to lose touch with our friends who couldn't understand our instant and permanent partnership. We were deeply focused on our brood: kids and dogs and the joy they brought us.

Years passed and we shared the highs and lows that are the glue of marriage: deaths of loved ones, moves, financial crises, home repairs, successes, failures, and the everyday snapshots of family life.

For many students, getting married during, or right out of, college was something that you just did.

Because of China’s rigorous college entrance examination, dating is rarely tolerated among high school students. That doesn’t mean that Chinese teens don’t have high school crushes or even relationships (mostly secret ones).

But in general, Chinese students leave high school with a lot less romantic experience than their American counterparts.

This emphasis on romantic relationships reflects the pop culture of the 1960s with the emergence of free love and the sexual liberation movement.

While attending high school, did you: • Date one steady girlfriend (boyfriend) • Have a series of steady girlfriends (boyfriends) • Date a few different girls (boys) but none steadily • Pretty much played the field • Seldom or never date Among these response choices, the highest percentage of freshmen indicated that they “date[d] a few different girls (boys) but none steadily” (23.6%) and the lowest percentage reported that they “seldom or never date[d]” (16.1%).

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