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Dallas' independent source of local news and culture. Lisa Singh November 23, AM. Seated in her small office in Fort Worth with a "Visa-MasterCard" on her desk, the year-old Chinese native leafs through folders, perusing her client list of men and women eager to leave behind their lonely days and nights.
The phone rings. We have women looking for a long-term relationship.
She says that in that time, she's amassed a large pool of women, someand that 80 percent of them are mainly interested in meeting American men of European descent. Support Us "American man treat them very nice," says Wang, who divorced a man from Taiwan and now is single. Speaking the language she's learned since coming to America four years ago, she adds, "God, there are so many people calling me every day.
In China, Wang worked as a nurse for 12 years, then emigrated here. But ever since earlier this year, when she read a Fort Worth Star-Telegram ad from a man seeking the company of an Asian woman, Wang found herself wanting to be a different kind of nurse: healing the world of lonely hearts. For Wang, the idea hit close to home; she says that in China dating centers are "very common. To those who suspect that the Asian women whom Wang caters to want an American man only for immigration or financial reasons, Wang says that's not the case.
The woman declined to be interviewed. In her few months playing matchmaker, Wang has learned a few tricks of the trade: If an American has a college degree, Wang's more likely to match him with a Chinese woman. If he doesn't, she'll hook him up with a Vietnamese. Wang picks up the phone and dials a male client for the Dallas Observer to interview. When he answers, she soon hands this reporter the phone. I have dates all weekend. It ain't real. About their bank s, he says, "These women have money. They don't need me, honey. Now this divorced father of two says he's ready for commitment.
But she has to be Asian. Otherwise, he has "zero interest. Yes, indeed. The American man is to be cherished. Just ask Xuan "Sue" Roberts, a year-old Vietnamese woman who found out about Wang's center through an ad in a local Vietnamese paper. Inin her native land, she had met an American man of 42 working at an American army compound near Saigon.
When a Vietnamese soldier accused her of being a communist, she found a sympathetic ear in the American. They soon married, had two children, and later moved to Rowlett, where they lived comfortably until his death in from prostate cancer. Seated in her spacious home, she recalls the pain she felt as in Vietnam when her father would go out, cavorting with other women. Her mother would wake her at night, crying. They say men can have three, four wives.
That's why American women should appreciate what they have. They don't know what Asian women have to put up with. A year after his death, she was introduced to a Vietnamese immigrant who was earning minimum wage as a cable worker. She soon took him in, letting her loneliness get the best of her. Now, she says that she can't get rid of him, that he lives off her and doesn't pay a cent.
Through Wang's center, she has spoken by phone with three American men, but they've been duds; two never called back. Even if she meets an American who's half of what her husband was, that would suffice, she says, just so she could be with someone who could show her Vietnamese freeloader the door.
For other Asian women among Wang's clientele, being with an American man just feels more natural. Since we started the Dallas Observerit has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
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