Dating game show 2016
The number of Australian residents born in China doubled over 10 years, rising from about 200,000 in 2004 to almost 450,000 in 2014.
Australia has cultivated close economic ties with China, which is now its largest trading partner — ahead of Japan and the US.
For Chinese contestants and their parents, such diversity might not be easy to take.
Australian candidate Joe Sweeney left the show without a date when the woman he had chosen rejected him, saying her parents might not approve of a relationship with a foreigner.
One female contestant, for example, asked Sweeney if he would consider moving in with her parents in Beijing, a practice not uncommon in China.
“I had to think hard to figure out how to handle that one,” he says.
After living in China for two years, Sweeney says her decision didn’t surprise him. “A recent British contestant — looking very British — was able to keep every Chinese female candidate interested in him at least in the first round,” Jing Han says.
“This was the first time a Western-looking man achieved that.”There might be hope yet for single Australians looking for romance on their favorite Chinese dating show.
“The show draws candidates from all over China and from all different walks of life, something very rare for Chinese TV,” she explains.“It’s tremendous, people like my mother watch the show religiously every weekend,” he says.“The moment you get in you get hooked,” agrees Jing Han, head of the subtitling department at SBS, who has written the English subtitles for more than 150 episodes.She doubts, however, that ‘If You Are The One’ would have found similar popularity five years ago.The concept is simple: One male contestant faces 24 single women.The jovial host, Meng Fei, might invite the guy to demonstrate a special talent, play testimonials from his friends and family or show him being interviewed backstage.