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You are correct people who go on an oversees internet dating sight are doing it purposefully to meet someone from a different country. Reasons vary for every individual including to have a better lifestyle, they enjoy the other countries customs or cultures, don't like the behavior of the opposite sex in their country, maybe a single mother where the father just runs off and does not assist with the child in any way so are seeking someone to help complete their family and overlooked by single men of their country, they are attracted to the physical looks of the people from the other country ie fairer skin or Asian face the list is endless, the same as the list is endless for those who seek within their own country
My male friends who met their partners through online dating were well travelled and obviously experienced different cultures and saw opportunity where others may not. Though like yourself they felt a relationship growing on the internet over a period of time which was cemented once they met in person. So to call someone a mail order bride simply because they are Asian is despicable in my opinion.
On another note sorry I am over sensitive in relation to even a hint of racism, my ex-wife was denied medical attention (urgent xray) and was told that she must have bought her medicare card even though she presented her photo drivers license as proof. I heard as we were leaving what right do they have to come and get our tax payers money, funny my wife was working in Australia at the time. We went to the hospital then and she was admitted for 2 months

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You are correct people who go on an oversees internet dating sight are doing it purposefully to meet someone from a different country. Reasons vary for every individual including to have a better lifestyle, they enjoy the other countries customs or cultures, don't like the behavior of the opposite sex in their country, maybe a single mother where the father just runs off and does not assist with the child in any way so are seeking someone to help complete their family and overlooked by single men of their country, they are attracted to the physical looks of the people from the other country ie fairer skin or Asian face the list is endless, the same as the list is endless for those who seek within their own country
My male friends who met their partners through online dating were well travelled and obviously experienced different cultures and saw opportunity where others may not. Though like yourself they felt a relationship growing on the internet over a period of time which was cemented once they met in person. So to call someone a mail order bride simply because they are Asian is despicable in my opinion.
On another note sorry I am over sensitive in relation to even a hint of racism, my ex-wife was denied medical attention (urgent xray) and was told that she must have bought her medicare card even though she presented her photo drivers license as proof. I heard as we were leaving what right do they have to come and get our tax payers money, funny my wife was working in Australia at the time. We went to the hospital then and she was admitted for 2 months
Thank you for explaining your side of it all, Aussieboy - I really appreciate it and you made some points I had never come up with because I have been privileged enough to not have to be in those positions; such as gender roles in someone's home country and culture. That actually explains a lot to me. I can also imagine, like you said, that in some cultures divorced or abandoned women with children aren't as accepted. See I hadn't even thought of any of that, and I knew I had to be missing something, hence I just put it out there to see if I was.

I am so sorry to hear about what happened to your ex-wife. Please believe me I am nowhere near racist, or have any kind of prejudice towards any nationality or race at all. Race/nationality has always been a very odd phenomenon to me - probably mostly because I am the product of immigrant grandfathers on both sides; my mother's father was Indonesian, my father's father was Polish. At the moment The Netherlands in fairly tense in terms of immigrations and foreigners... and whenever those discussions started about "us" and "them"... I never knew where I belonged because my grandfathers are much more part of me than those 99,99999% of Dutch people who consider me "one of them" because I am white and have a Dutch passport. I've just never understood the "them"/"us" concept, it's not even part of my mind, because I guess I've always felt like neither. I've dated outside "my race" (as I said, whatever the hell that is) and I dare say the majority of my friends are not Caucasian. You can trust me when I say I never play the race card because I've never even owned one.

Unfortunately there is a lot of prejudice out there regarding race, still. The few Australian people of my generation I have met who come from Asian backgrounds, all seem to very firmly reject their background because of it. They don't want to be seen as that prejudice so they're the ones who yell it loudest sometimes, which shocks me. That is, of course, the second generation ones who were born in Australia.

I've noticed, though, that if you are anywhere in the world and not as a tourist, and people hear an accent or see a different colour, their first instinct is still to categorize. Analyze, categorize, and THEN ask questions, when it's already too late. I think that's a very long road we all have to travel down to change that. It's deeply rooted in many people, unfortunately.

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This is funny I met him at Thai restaurant, a friend was having a Birthday party, and I just happened to be there at the same time with my friend...

No wonder we've all been waiting for ages, everybody mentioning Thai restaurants in Stat Decs and forms, the immigration must think we copy-paste ...
I know I'm a bit behind on this but I just have to add that my partner cooked me Pad Thai on our first date and we now consider it 'our dish'!

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I'm tellin ya - Thai food is magic.

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I've noticed, though, that if you are anywhere in the world and not as a tourist, and people hear an accent or see a different colour, their first instinct is still to categorize. Analyze, categorize, and THEN ask questions, when it's already too late. I think that's a very long road we all have to travel down to change that. It's deeply rooted in many people, unfortunately.
So true! It was hilarious - I visited France years ago, briefly, and I spoke nary a lick of French. I knew that because of my body size the French people were going to take one look at me and go "Oh, fat American!" (Which, of course, I am. Hahahaha.) So instead of speaking English everywhere I went, I spoke fluent Spanish with a specific accent based on where I was living at the time. It confused the hell out of all of them! It was hilarious! They'd say "Where are you from?!" I'd say "Spain," and they'd say "nooooo...." Hahahahahah. But, of course, there's also a stereotype that Americans never bother to learn any other language, so I made no sense to them at all!

I have to admit, I'm a little worried about the treatment I'll get as a fat American in Australia... I imagine I'll face more than a bit of prejudice. But I face it here in my own country as well, so I'd rather deal with it alongside the love of my life.

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I have to admit, I'm a little worried about the treatment I'll get as a fat American in Australia... I imagine I'll face more than a bit of prejudice. But I face it here in my own country as well, so I'd rather deal with it alongside the love of my life.
I wouldn't worry too much, we're in the top 10 countries in the world - but of course, America has to be number 1 at everything

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Yeah, it's just that immigrant + fat = double the prejudice, perhaps. Who knows, though. I probably worry too much.

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Yeah, it's just that immigrant + fat = double the prejudice, perhaps. Who knows, though. I probably worry too much.
If it makes you feel any better, I was quite skinny before my partner arrived in Australia... her amazing Indonesian cooking has done bad things to my belly! We only live once - may as well be happy and enjoy it!! Don't worry about the haters

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The good news is that Australia caters for fat people, try buying an xlarge shirt in the philippines

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oh forgot to mention I often hear the word tambock (fat) shocks the hell out of them when I reply pungit (ugly) in tagalog

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