Of course, culture shock still exists in intercultural dating scenarios.
For instance, Kerr said, while in the US, it's still strongly expected that the dominant or more masculine partner foot the bill, in China it's rare that he's allowed to pay, as he's considered a guest in the country. "It's been my experience that most Chinese people don't like to discuss it beforehand," he said.
"It would be interesting to tell them and see how they react, but you never know if they will treat you differently." Growing acceptance of gay communities After several visits to China, American Brandon Kerr, 23, decided to move here for good in May to improve his Chinese and explore the job opportunities.
According to him, China's LGBT scene is changing for the better.
Luke, who works in education, has traveled and lived all across China since coming here in 2012, most recently settling in Nantong.
Photo: Courtesy of Luke Sparks fly when opposites attract "I like modern guys with a good sense of style, who aren't afraid to wear makeup, who don't just work every day but actually go out and do things," says Nick, who's currently in an open relationship with his Chinese boyfriend.
Lucky for Nick, he can afford to be choosy; as an expat, he's a hot item on gay dating sites and apps.
He also does video blogging on Blued, where he sometimes garners up to 1,200 viewers.
Broadcasts on the app often feature people talking, singing or dancing; Nick even likes to show off his professional cooking skills on camera every once in awhile.
Sometimes, instances of Chinese guys coming on too strong, he says, stem from a misapprehension of Western culture.