If you are the one dating show
There the director sat me down and asked all these extremely personal questions: "what was the reason behind your last break up? And I didn't know Another was, "what do you believe Chinese people expect in terms of financial responsibility between husband and wife?
" My mum had told me in China the woman always looks after finances and bills.
I added, probably because they don't want their husbands spending money on other women outside the marriage! I didn't think I'd make it far, but they liked me because I had the Chinese mentality while still being very Westernised. With no television experience and my Mandarin not up to scratch, how was I to fluently express myself?
Not only that, I was to be the only Australian-born contestant.
I remember arguing with my mum over pulling out of the show, even after my flights were booked and my short notice leave approved; there was no way of getting out of it.
I was expecting the game show to be fair, where I would meet the male contestants on stage and we'd be judged by our feelings. The director had a meeting with us the day before the show and we had to submit our answers to a series of profile questions before taping.
Packed with manufactured tears and hard luck stories, this wildly popular show is aired every Friday evening in Mainland China. She was in a rush to find me a Chinese boyfriend after coming out of a relationship with a Westerner and being single for over a year.
Every week my mum and grandma would ask about my dating life.
They'd tell me not to be so picky and to keep going on dates.
Every now and then I would get a phone call from one of mum’s friends saying they'd found someone to set me up with – always the son of a friend of a friend.
Then one day they caught wind of news a Chinese dating show was coming to Australia for auditions.