Dating outside your culture

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When dating a man of another culture, race or ethnicity, take that time to relish in the new experiences and perspectives. Rather, be open to the new, and try to appreciate the differences in culture, food, language and overall views.

This is an easy and fun way of expanding your view of the world through travel and conversation.

Another benefit of dating someone of a different culture or background is your opportunity to expose someone to your world or culture through your eyes.

As one speed-dater explains: "I don't know what it is but I do find Asian women attractive, there's something about them."Sophie Song, 29, is married to Han, a 27-year-old Korean whom she met while he was in Sydney on a working holiday.

Ms Song admits she has always liked men with brown eyes and naturally black hair, but also had a preference for more feminine looking men and is not attracted to those who have big noses and a lot of hair.

They might take more than your average western woman, but you can't just walk over them."After about three months of chatting with Edelisa, and before they'd physically met, he proposed.

When a friend or family member comes to visit, I expose them to things I regularly do, then scour the Times or the web to discover the latest exhibit, show or restaurant.

This is also beneficial to me because of my hectic schedule, I may not otherwise have carved out the time on any given day to venture to that new spot. I have lived overseas, and have a penchant for travel, so I have always met men of other cultures.

Ms Song grew up in Sydney near the Blue Mountains with limited contact with people from different ethnic backgrounds but feels her values and upbringing are more in line with the Asian culture.

She says she has always been someone who wanted to get married and have a family and feels the Korean men she's encountered are more "family-orientated"."Culturally in Australia, men are really taught to shun away from family life. In terms of their society, Korean men are more encouraged to have a family and children and that really struck me,” Ms Song says.