The surprised looks by strangers were one thing, but the harsh comments made to me by fellow Indians, especially men, implying that I had somehow betrayed Indian men as a collective, came as quite a shock to me.
It amused me when another American guy friend made similar comments after he left Beijing.
He can no longer date women as beautiful as those in China, but when he was there, complained that all the Chinese women he dated were hot but stupid, considering their level of English or cultural clashes.
Unfortunately, some Chinese women see Western guys as a free ticket to an overseas trip or a foreign passport, but there are gold-diggers anywhere in the world. Many Western guys would like to believe Chinese women date them because they have a more muscular appearance or are bigger in size.
It is not true, although I can see how this "theory" feeds their racist ego.
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No, not the disease you can pick up when travelling to certain countries.
Now I always knew that Singaporeans have particular dating preferences, as do people all over the world.
I was acutely aware of this growing up, when I was mocked by some of my peers for having dark skin and curly hair.
The Global Times has invited three people to share their views of interracial relationships in today's China.