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John specifically sought out an Asian woman for a partner because "Asian women treat western men better than a white woman might".
Edelisa thought a western man would be "better than a Filipino husband" because they're more responsible and provide better for their children.
"I think my preference is for black men and that's simply because I don't want to be someone's fantasy or fetish," she says.
"You want someone who dates you because they like who you are." Shaun Comerford is the General Manager of speed dating company Fast Impressions.
When Han Song first met Sophie in a pub, he thought she was gorgeous ... "I thought oh well, I'm Asian, probably she's not interested." He was wrong. Han had only dated Korean women in the past and thought dating a white woman was "a fantasy".
Sophie found Asian men attractive but says it was shared values that was most important.
John and Edelisa met on a dating site called Filipino Cupid.
MIKE MIOCEVICH: Probably when I was quite young I used to read a lot of books about missionaries and stories of Africa and things like that and it just kind of got me interested. MIKE MIOCEVICH: It's kind of a mix of like the whole lot. But yeah, it's just a whole new, just a big mixing of the whole kind of thing. When did this attraction start do you think, I mean in terms of you actually dating someone? JENNY BROCKIE: Had you dated other Korean men before Han? JENNY BROCKIE: Okay, so had it been a preference for a long time or did you have a preference, or didn't it matter?
He says race is just one element that people have on the list of things they're looking for in a prospective partner.
Jennifer Lundquist is a US-based sociologist who has studied racial preferences in online dating.
JENNY BROCKIE: Okay, so had you gone out with any white women before Sophie? I just only dated Korean woman before I met Sophie. HAN SONG: Okay, We used to use electronic dictionary to tell just one word, you know.
JENNY BROCKIE: Okay, but you found white women more attractive or just attractive? It was like a fantasy to me and I thought I can't ever date white woman, I can't ever hold white women's hand or something like that. JENNY BROCKIE: I know it was, it was around six months I think before you two could have a proper conversation? I was, I want to eat something, I couldn't say what I want to eat in English so I just found a word what I wanted in English, in English dictionary and I showed her, I want to eat this.