Dating a cambodian women
“They [will] worry that I think about love, not studying.”And some young Cambodians still think parents are still in the best position to pick their future partners.Keo Kouch Savann, also 17, is single, but said the system of parental matchmaking had its merits.“Maybe they find a good person for us, better than we would find,” he said.The digital platforms—which include local entrant Matchstix as well as international services like Facebook, Badoo and Tinder— are capitalizing on cultural shifts, along with technological trends.“Traditionally, most marriages were arranged and therefore most relationships were deprived of the ‘romance’ associated with the individual autonomy of choosing one’s partner,” writes anthropology academic Heidi Hoefinger in “Sex, Love, and Money in Cambodia.”Pop songs, karaoke videos, films and magazines have edged aside older cultural mores, according to Ms. “The dominant sexual culture for contemporary young people in Cambodia is filled with strong themes of romance, love, and heartache.”One business hoping to take advantage of the changing times is Australian tech company MobiMedia.When the company launched matchmaking app Matchstix last July, they pitched it as a way for Cambodians to meet new friends, out of concern that online matchmaking for overtly romantic purposes might be too risque.“I think Cambodians are in theory very conservative, and their parents are conservative,” said marketing and operations manager Klara Grintal at MobiMedia’s astro-turfed conference room—filled with neon beanbags—in Phnom Penh’s Boeng Keng Kang I commune.“But if you go to the coffee shops, and you listen to conversations young Cambodians are having—and the kinds of messages they are exchanging—these are not very conservative at all,” she said.Still, with more and more users signing up every day, Ms.Grintal said Matchstix has embraced its role as a matchmaker.Matchstix has been a relative success in its first six months, clocking nearly 200,000 users who have made over 70,000 matches as of February 8, according to Ms. Users of the app, which initially launched in Khmer and is now also available in English, are presented with photos of another user who fits their specific age, gender and distance criteria.
Marriage is a very important institution for Cambodians.D candidate at Australian National University who has studied the trend.“This practice has produced new social connections that crisscross the country, leading to marriage, internal migration and a reshaping the the geography of kinship in the country,” Mr. These rituals are a moot point for the millions of young, single Cambodians who still lack access to smartphones or the Internet.(About one-third of Cambodians were connected to the Internet last year, according to government data.)But even among those who are connected, there remains a desire for real-world introductions to potential partners.If a man were interested in marrying a girl he saw but to whom he had not spoken, his parents would arrange an engagement ceremony with the girl's parents. Marriage is still arranged but individuals often are consulted about the choice of their spouse, and rejecting the parents' arrangement is tolerated.Even a young woman has an opportunity to reject her parents' wishes, although not many daughters are yet willing to exercise this option.
In addition to focusing on a Khmer-language audience, Matchstix’s visuals and marketing materials come in various shades of red and pink.“So if you are—excuse my French—a sleazy 70-year-old trying to find a girl, it’s highly unlikely you’d use [Matchstix],” Ms. She acknowledged that the app’s aesthetics cannot ward off all predatory behavior among the user base—which is currently almost three-quarters male—particularly if it happens outside the digital realm.