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Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2005

VIEWS FROM THE STREET

What's your approach to starting a cross-cultural romance?


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Krystle Hara
Exchange student, 20
I don't have a line. But I've got, "Do you like anime?" a few times. Something that tends to work for me is when a guy says "I speak English," because it makes choosing which language you are going to speak in less awkward.

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Shunji Nagai
Finance, 27
"Do you have a lighter" is a good way to start a conversation. It's 100 percent successful. When I talk to foreigners, I always talk about travel, like asking them "Where have you been? I've been to Amsterdam, it's great etc."

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Ian Reid
Translator, 31
I don't have any lines or tricks, I just ad lib it -- that's my style. I try for something spontaneous that doesn't sound forced by picking something out of the situation and commenting on it, like "did you see that," and see if it goes anywhere.

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Hidemi Hachitori
Office lady, 31
Nothing special. If I was going to talk with a foreigner, I'd probably say "hi, where are you from?" When I go to foreign countries, I want to talk to the people there. But I wouldn't speak to a foreign guy I didn't know here.

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Erika Sekinei
Sales, 22
No, I've never tried to speak to a guy. I'm too shy to make the first move. Sometimes I meet foreign guys through my friends, and they might say ask me to dinner. I went on a few dates, but no success stories so far.

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Andrea Johannes
Teacher, 25
I don't usually approach people because usually I meet people through friends. If I were at a concert, I might say, "What do you think of the music?" I think Japanese guys are more shy of approaching Western women.



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