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Subscriber active since. Am I the one? So popular it's watched by roughly million people -- the entire population of the US -- each week. The program is produced by Jiangsu Broadcasting, but like all Chinese television shows, it's ultimately controlled by the government. If You Are the One is likely about to gain even more viewers as the government has recently cracked down on entertainment programs, decreasing the aired from to 38 every week.

President Hu Jintao warned of the influence of Western culture as the decision was announced. It's filmed on a stage with one male bachelor and 24 female candidates. The women stand at individual podiums and use their podium lights to indicate interest in dating the bachelor in question.

As they watch video snippets about the candidate's life and listen to him exchange banter with the witty host, the women decide whether to keep their podium lights on or switch them off, effectively dropping out of the running. Of course there are other twists and turns to the elimination process, described here.

So how did I first get mixed up in this dating show phenomenon? In this case the credit goes to a good friend of mine here in China, where I've been living for nearly three years as a retail market analyst. Knowing my adventurous nature, this friend recently convinced me to apply to be one of 24 girls vying to win the heart of a Chinese stud and a ticket for two to Hawaii. So far, foreign candidates on past shows have included British and American men in the bachelor role and one Filipino-American woman.

What I know now is that I've basically passed the audition, but the producers are still deliberating over whether I can appear on the show as part of a tag-team duo -- despite speaking some broken Mandarin, I'd need my friend to stand beside me on stage and act as a translator. Still, no Chinese mother should fear my presence on the show just yet.

After auditioning, I have to confess that I question my potential compatibility with a Chinese man. Not because of looks, fashion sense, or even the inability for the two of us to communicate fluently. The barrier that stands between me and finding love on a cheesy reality show comes down to finances. Set in My Western Ways?

Having worked and lived a non-traditional expat life in China sinceI have integrated into the culture so much that some of my American roots have seemingly disappeared. I eat the local food daily, shop in wet markets, have learned to eat any part of any animal, and even use chopsticks in my own home. These days I rarely catch more than a short playback of a football game, but I routinely friends for competitive games of badminton.

I wear my coat in the office and drink hot water when I'm cold rather than complaining about the lack of proper heat. I place a high importance on saving face, and fully comprehend the importance of one's guanxi personal network.

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I ed in games of ping-pong, shopped for fireworks, and prepared dumplings and numerous family dinners. Having a circle of friends that consists of more Chinese than Western expats and observing the US from the outside in, my views of America have been re-shaped and I've come to understand much of China and the way the people think.

Quite honestly, I feel at home here. Still, some cultural differences persist.

Some concepts remain incomprehensible to me no matter how hard I try to grasp them. Chinese attitudes toward personal finance are by far the most perplexing. Tying a dating show to finance may sound like a difficult task. But as my friend translated the personal information form at the audition, it became evident that money was a major theme. I barely got to mention my hobbies and what makes me unique as a person before I was answering the following questions:What are your thoughts on spending money?

The questions may not have seemed as curious to my fellow contestants, however.

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While waiting for my turn at the audition, another woman who was there to compete sat down next to me, asking why I wanted to be on the show. The conversation quickly turned to money. She asked about the level and currency of my salary, suggesting that as a foreigner, I must be a high earner of US dollars. She was wrong.

And the questions were not all that surprising given the stories I've heard from many Chinese friends. But it provided a perfect example of how China is evolving.

Learning that I was heading to the US for a visit, a male friend once joked that I should bring him back a suitcase of luxury gifts. He wanted me to save him from having to buy highly marked-up products here in China. He literally needed an inventory of luxury goods for future relationships. The park is like an offline Match. The vitals always include income levels and home and car ownership. My amusement with the concept quickly turned somber after striking a conversation with a father who proudly spoke of his son, an engineer.

He was vividly distressed over the fact he could not afford to purchase his son an apartment and believed the inability to do so leaves his son no hope for a wife. No Financial Common Sense? So it makes one wonder just how the future of so many relationships are built on house ownership.

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Automobiles cost nearly twice the sticker price in the US, not to mention that just to purchase the plate for a car sets one back nearly RMB 50, USD 8, Factor in average salaries and these s become astounding. While that is certainly distorted and underreported due to substantial gray income, it still reflects the reality for average Chinese. Ownership of homes and cars is a major financial burden, and yet it plays a critical role in the relationship between two Chinese individuals and their parents.

I've heard stories of couples who earn a combined monthly pre-tax income of RMB 10, while paying a RMB 8, mortgage every month. They have no money to live, but they have a home.

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The woman who made the comment did not "win" that night on the show, but she was offered many other TV deals. In many cases, materialistic behavior is encouraged by parents, as some of my female colleagues have stated that while they themselves do not require a house or car from a future mate, their parents do.

Every Chinese parent wants to ensure their child does not have to endure what they did. But their new perspective also stands in contrast to the traditional mentality -- always save for a rainy day.

And it shows how China has transitioned into a society that just may be more materialistic than America. Living in a Material World It seems only natural that a greater focus on money has emerged given how quickly China is growing its wealth. To be fair, some of this behavior is concentrated in more developed cities like Shanghai. But it's rapidly spreading to smaller cities as well. When the even wealthier to-be-groom said no, she convinced her mother to purchase it for her. The two are now divorced. I can say with certainty that most of the male candidates in the show I'm striving to appear on would be stunned with the answers I truthfully filled out on my application.

Perhaps we Americans will never shake one persistent stereotype -- that we're big spenders with negative savings rates. But I believe that we're still far less materialistic than many modern Chinese.

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The men and women evaluating my audition performance may have been surprised to learn that I'm not looking for money. I'm seeking an ambitious professional like myself who enjoys traveling, sporting activities, and cultural experiences. And, of course, I hope to find the man of my dreams. This post originally appeared at Minyanville. This story was originally published by Minyanville.

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