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This is, of course, entirely to be expected in a country that is made up of distinct ethnic groups, has a significant expat population that is increasing all the time, and where growing number of Singaporeans go abroad to work and study.
There are no hard and fast rules regarding inter-racial relationships and they are not in any way officially or systematically discouraged.
They consider themselves less demure than some of their Asian counterparts, yet not as outgoing and upfront as western women.
They are independent and career-oriented, but yet many still have the traditional family with the man as the breadwinner as an ideal.
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At the same time, or perhaps as a consequence, Singaporean men are not as patriarchal as in some Asian societies, but nor do they take as light-hearted approach to dating as young men do in western societies, and so they too are somewhat unsure as to how they should act and what their expectations should be with regards to relationships.
Foreign influence is perhaps greater in Singapore than just about any other Asian country, and this combined with the country’s high levels of education and achievement (the modern-day corporate woman is called a Singapore New Independent Princess or SNIP) leaves some Singaporean women unsure as to their role.
This is why the authorities play such an active role in encouraging marriage and promoting procreation.
The government also takes the view that having the nuclear family unit as the apex of the social structure is a way of ironing out ethnic differences in the country—the family as an ideal is something that all of Singapore’s ethic groups aspire to.
These include tax exemptions, childcare subsidies and parental leave that for a middle-income, two-child family add up to around SGD2,000 in support until both children turn 7.
Much of Singapore’s nascent nationhood has been constructed on the back of the nuclear family, and its demise would not only be disastrous for the country economically, but may also spell the end of the entire Singapore ‘project’.
However, since the 1980s marriage and birth rates in the country have been declining.