90 Percent of Young South Korean Singles Do Not Mind Inter-racial Dating

bearly-moving, Aug. 21, 2015, 11:50 a.m.

A poll demonstrated on Friday that almost 90 percent of young South Korean singles do not mind dating internationally, showing that most are open minded in romance.

According to DUO, a Seoul based matchmaking company, when surveyed of 425 singles in 20s and 30s, 87.3 percent showed that they do not mind having a relationship with a non-Korean. Interestingly, although males had a slightly higher rate, females were not too far behind, with 88.9 percent and 85.8 percent, respectively.

According to an official from DUO, “international couples are becoming a rend these days, following the marriage between South Korean director Kim Tae-yong and Chinese actress Tang Wei, as well as the romantic relationship between South Korean actor Song Seung-heon and Chinese American actress Liu Yifei.”

He added, “it seems that a lot of single men and women here are showing an interest in people with different cultural and social backgrounds.”

Only last July, Tang Wei, and her now husband Kim, announced their decision to marry and have made headlines in South Korea.

Recently, Song admitted that he is currently dating Liu after working together on a Chinese romantic flick.

According to the survey, out of the men who said they do not mind dating foreign women, 30.4 percent said that they do not need to play games and be more upfront about their feelings. Whereas for women, 37.2 percent said physical appearance would be the highlights in dating a foreigner.

However, more than half said communication issues as well as culture conflicts would bar the romantic relationship from continuing. Other obstacles such as immigrating and obtaining visas represented 13.4 percent.

This poll shows the prevalent culture of South Korea; the views on international marriage have shifted from conservative to liberal.

In a similar study done by a different organization, each group showed about an increase in 6 percent from past two years.

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