26-year-old Jason Lai starred in the documentary ‘I am Single’. He has never had a girlfriend and never felt comfortable on mainstream dating sites. CCTV’s Mark Niu reported from San Francisco.
Dating site 2RedBeans targets single Chinese in North America26-year-old Jason Lai starred in the documentary ‘I am Single’. He has never had a girlfriend and never felt comfortable on mainstream dating sites. CCTV’s Mark Niu reported from San Francisco.
“When I see my friends on eHarmony and Match, all the bigger ones, I do feel a little out of place, even though I’m American born here, I still have both roots of my parents because they kind of raised me a little more traditional as well too,” Lai said.
However, Lai has been active on some lesser known dating sites, like the one that actually fostered this date. It’s called 2RedBeans and is looking to attract Chinese users in North America and is named after the Chinese symbol for love.
Co-founder Q. Zhao is an electrical engineer who attended Xi’an Jiao Tong University at the age of 14, but still she had trouble with the schematics for love.
Zhao said 2RedBeans does things differently to help overcome the shyness many users have. It’s also free to sign-up and send messages to people, but if someone answers that’s when you have to pay for a membership.
As for Jason, his search continues. Though he has learned that no matter how well things go online, the connection must be even stronger offline.
CCTV’s Mark Niu compiled this report from San Francisco.