Perhaps this is because online dating with sites like Elite Singles allows men and women in Ireland to be upfront about what it is they want from love - something that can be tricky to achieve!
Indeed, it can be difficult to find singles who believe in respect and desire lasting love.
I stand in a twelve-person deep line at Dublin airport, quickly overcome by the feeling of a furnace on my face.
The bright shamrocks on the screens in front of me begin to shake, the loud voices over the intercom grow quiet and I drop down on one knee. This was a warning: no "messing" (fights) or "carrying on" (sex) because she'd stand for none of it.
I know that me being African-American maybe somewhat of a disadvantage, yet I'm not like most black women, I'm not loud, "ghetto" or vicious , I enjoy watching anime, listening to Kpop / Jpop music and studying Asian cultures. (But, for the record, the third most popular post is about what the word "oppa" means -- which is another mainstay for those infatuated with Korean men.) But over the course of receiving hundreds of such questions, the Korean noticed a trend: by far, black women were dominating the number of questions about whether Korean/Asian men would find them attractive.
I don't have many black friends because they can't appreciate my unique, non-Black interests. So the Korean figured this is a good topic for a separate discussion. Was Ninja Assassin somehow much more culturally influential than people give it credit for? Or is it just that black women are more inquisitive? And on the flip side, for Korean/Asian men -- are you interested in dating a black woman? Here is the only reliable bit of research about black-Asian relationship that the Korean knows of.
From the Americans, the looks say, Not to appear religiously devout, which will only add to the attention, I peer into my carry-on bag and rummage through it as if looking for a lost Lifesaver. "Ah now, there's no need to be getting down on the one knee," I hear in an Irish accent. Standing in front of one massive blotch of dark grey, the weatherman mumbled quickly, nearly inaudibly, about "the unsettled stuff" and "tunderry showers." He said they might cause "one or two problems." He did not detail these problems, nor drill down into the miserable metrics, which his foaming-at-the-mouth American counterpart would have already trademarked Instead, Martin gave us an adorable smile-wink and showed us a viewer sent-in photo of a daisy head.
I look up to see a large man standing a few feet to my side. He flashes an approving smile from several feet above and says, "Of course I'll marry you." I want to dive into my bag as numerous heads turn, but instead, my mouth forms a momentary, shy grin. The next photo was a meadow of tall, sun-dappled grass.
It's not always easy for those wanting to merge Asian dating traditions with contemporary Irish life.
Certainly, there are those who meet through friends or family - but for Irish singles who want to balance a busy professional life with a rewarding homelife, such a meeting might be harder than it sounds.
You see, a White female is more masculine, rough and independent than a typical Asian female from Asia.