Put another way: Beauty is in the eye—or the ear, as the case may be—of the beholder.
Accents aside, dating experts say that American women traveling overseas should do a little research before chatting up a local.
Unfortunately for American men, this stereotype turns out to be true often enough. Mainstream magazines and websites are full of articles, geared toward American women, that detail the finer points of dating foreign men.
“Each culture has its own interpretation of the range of emotions that are appropriate in given situations or in general,” she says. “Here in the United States, American women stereotypically tend to be allowed to express certain emotions that are less acceptable for American men,” Morris says.“It is okay for an American woman to cry, vent, even playfully hit her partner, but none of these are acceptable for American men.” Social conditioning helps to determine how we express ourselves emotionally and otherwise, Morris suggests.However, she recommends reading up on your destination’s culture plenty before you approach a handsome stranger. “Check out different travel sites and blogs to get an idea of the culture prior to your trip.” Understanding the culture before pursuing a romantic partner does more than just protect you from an embarrassing faux pas.It can also protect you from misinterpreting a common greeting as an opening salvo in your next great love affair.Though the mystery and intrigue of dating someone who grew up in a different culture than one’s own can be an exciting and satisfying chance to learn and grow, it can also present problems, especially if things get serious, Morris suggests.
While living in China, Morris, who is American, met, dated, and eventually married a Chinese man.
“As an anthropologist I know very well that culture makes a huge difference,” she tells .
“Some of these differences are more obvious than others.
And when she married her Chinese husband, Morris got a crash-course in cultural differences.
“From my perspective, it seemed that Japanese and Chinese women were more like American men,” she says.
For instance, because of the United States’ early history as a part of colonial Great Britain, many Americans still tend to associate British accents with prestige, or high social status.