"Let's not discount that some of these people, even maids and Bangladeshi workers, may also use the app to find love." But High Blood's founder, Mr Herbert Eng, 30, insisted he was not discriminating.He said: "In Singapore, there is a certain racial preference when it comes to dating - we are merely responding to honest feedback that respondents have given us.And whether underlying that attraction, or lack thereof, lurks some kind of prejudice?According to Christian Rudder, co-founder of Ok Cupid, the pattern has stayed pretty stable through the boom in online dating, from 2009 to 2014."Ok Cupid users are certainly no more open-minded than they used to be.Does having a racial preference in considering a life partner make one racist?A week ago, people were angered by my response to a post on Overheard at Carnegie Mellon regarding a white college student with a “thing for Asian chicks.” Regardless of this post’s morality, I felt the need to respond to people crying out racism and call them out on their double standard.“I’m open to dating women of all backgrounds,” he tells me.
This is the inspiration for my new column, Outcry on Overheard. I’m a bit surprised at men’s openness to interracial dating.While I’ve personally dated women across the racial spectrum, I’ve only had a handful of clients who ever expressed preferences for women of other races.Now that I’m four years into professional matchmaking, I’ve seen clear patterns emerge when it comes to race and attraction. Women of every racial background seem to strongly prefer dating you.Asian and Latin women are most popular with the gents.