Requesting counsel / insights from people on this board with knowledge of China and its culture. My brother (white, English, living in UK) is decidedly taken with a female work colleague of his, who is Chinese. This lady is – it is gathered – a citizen of the People’s Republic of China, on a long-term work contract at my brother’s place of work.
Brother has hit it off with the lady, in interpersonal terms, and finds her seemingly “flirtily interested” re their interaction. He says that if she were British, he would take this as an indication that she was interested in possibilities of the romantic kind, and would accordingly ask her out. With her coming from a different country and culture – he wonders what to make of the “signals” he is seemingly getting: i.e. is it as it would be in an all-British context, “as above”; or is it just a matter of her politely acknowledging approving male attention, without indicating any potential romantic interest? He’s wary of taking the next step, for fear of making an embarrassed fool of himself in case the second possibility just stated, is the truth of the thing.
I’m assuming it can be “taken as read” that my brother has considered, and rated liveable-with, the potential pitfalls of romantic involvement with a work colleague.
All thoughts on this matter, would be gratefully received.