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EastMeetEast (EME) is an online dating site for Asians living in the United States. Created by Mariko Tokioka, the New York-based site is a matchmaking service that lets users find each other via shared likes, interests and activities.

Unlike many modern dating apps, the site is geared more towards romance rather than casual hookups. Common among American-Asians, the niche dating site attracts Millennials and has thousands of users across cities in the United States, Canada, and Australia.

According to the site, so far 60,350 individuals have met partners on EastMeetEast which continues to solidify their presence as the top Premium Asian dating site. You will find members from East Asian and Southeast Asian communities, including Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Taiwanese, Vietnamese, Filipino, Cambodian, and Thai.

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Due to the high success rate in North America, they have recently expanded to Asia. It is available on the web as well as for download on App Store for iOS devices.

Creating a profile and sign up process

You can register on the site via your Facebook account or via email. If you choose to use Facebook, it will draw all the basic information from your page which makes it easier to create a profile.

Next, you will need to develop a profile by filling out basic details about your name, email, date of birth, location, ethnicity and zip code.

You will need to include details on when you moved to the United States, Canada or the country you are living in. You also select the languages you speak before uploading a profile picture.You can complete your profile by filling in more details about your income, education, religion, children, height, body type, smoking and drinking habits, and marital status.

There is an “About Me” section for you to briefly describe yourself and your interests. This can be brief or detailed according to what you deem works best for you. Some of these fields are optional so you can leave them blank and respond to what is most important for you or your match to know. Once this is portion is complete, you are free to browse.

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How does it work?

EastMeetEast is absolutely free for women, but men who want to join are charged a premium cost per month. EastMeetEast has a dashboard that is easy to navigate. It is divided into several sections, Messages, Smiles, Visitors, and Favorites. You will see a notification badge each time you receive these messages while the Favorites page lets you save profiles that you like to view later.

There are search filters in the extensive search section that allows you to narrow down the profiles according to your preferences. You can filter based on age, location, country of origin or language spoken. The “Messages” section manages all the messages sent and received while “Smiles” are a friendly way to show the other EastMeetEast member that you are interested otherwise known as “Flirts”.

The site matches you with another user based on how compatible you are. The One-to-One matches that are sent every week to your inbox are carefully selected by the team to suit your preferences. Additionally, you can search for your own matches by using your choice of filters.

Profile Features

  • It is very easy to edit or change the information on your profile after you have created an account.
  • The site has a profile strength meter that will show you the percentage of how well your profile is completed. This is used to encourage users to have a more detailed profiled to help the site match you better.
  • You will be able to see who has visited your profile in the “Visitors” section.
  • You can your change profile photos as you wish by either uploading directly from your device or using the ones on your Facebook page.
  • Each profile shows the name, city, profession, ethnicity, last online activity, and distance.
  • All members can browse through all the other user profiles on the site for free.
  • Members use their real names when browsing instead of usernames.
  • The profiles are usually very detailed.

Free Account

With a free account, you can register your profile, receive smiles and messages. For ladies, you will not have to pay for anything for the entire time you are on the site but for the guys, you have to upgrade at some point. This platform favors the ladies which has contributed to a large number of women on the site.

Premium Account

Men on the site have to take up premium membership which costs $11.99 per month.

You can get started, search for matches, and receive messages but for you to read what the message said you have to upgrade.

If you are using the app, payment will be charged to your iTunes Account after you have confirmed the purchase. You can choose to pay for the different periods either the one, three, six or twelve month period.

The subscription is renewed automatically at the end of the period unless you turn it off on your iTunes Account Settings. You will not be able to cancel your current subscription during your active period.

You can pay for a subscription using a credit card, money transfer or PayPal.

Communication

Connecting

Once a user likes your profile, they will send you a “smile”. If you are interested, just “smile” back and you will get an email from the EastMeetEast that it is a mutual match. This gives you the go-ahead to start exchanging messages. The EastMeetEast team helps you to connect with other users by curating the weekly matches for you.

Communicating

Women get free memberships on EastMeetEast which means they have full access to all features and can read all messages without any restrictions. On the other hand, men only get a preview until they become Premium members. You can communicate using smiles or sending messages.

Unique Features

Featured Videos

This is one of the most unique features on this dating site. There are tons of videos on dating and relationships. These videos are uploaded on YouTube and on the site and some have attracted over 1 million views. Each video discusses topics on modern dating trends among the Asian community. This is unique to this site and it has proven to encourage Millennials to join. The videos are fun to watch and interactive as anyone can leave his or her comments and views on the topic in discussion.

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One-to-One Weekly Matches

Each week, the site delivers customized matches to your inbox. The EME team will send you the best matches that are most compatible to you according to your profile specs and the preferences you choose when signing up.

EastMeetEast Blog

The site has a blog section for its members. This blog gives great tips on relationships and dating all geared towards dating in the Asian community. These tips also cover topics such as food, family, and fun. For members who are non-Asian on the site, this section is essential as it will help you understand more about the Asian culture and help you gain insight into this community of users.

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Customized Database

During sign-up, members have to indicate some very specific details that come in handy when matching with another member. Since the site caters exclusively to the Asian American & Asian diaspora community, you will be able to learn each user moved to the US or whichever nation they currently reside in.

In addition, the site shows you the languages and dialects spoken, plus their hobbies and interests. All these factors are very important in ensuring that you are matched with the most compatible people.

Free for Women

Unlike many other online dating sites that have a similar standard and charge for all users, EastMeetEast favors the ladies. The women on the site do not have to pay for any feature and can enjoy all the benefits for free. This has attracted more Asian women than men whoa re looking to start a serious relationship or meet a long-term partner.

Advanced Search

The site has advanced search settings. You can customize and filter your results to get potential matches that live in the same country and have a similar background and interests as you in a more detailed fashion. You will also be able to filter according to the languages spoken.

FAQ

Design and Usability

The app is quite user friendly and great for the many young professionals in this community who are on the go or in school. It is currently only available for iPhone users on the App Store and the company is yet to launch it on Android. The EME app is very convenient and you can keep tabs with your matches on the go. It is also easier to upload or change your profile pictures using your mobile device.On App Store, the app has a rating of 3.1 out of 5 stars based on customer reviews.

The website has a very good user interface. It has a simple layout that is easy to navigate. All the main sections are arranged well which makes it easy for you to access the features as well as the blog sections. It is constantly updated and colorful enough to attract the young Asian generation. The app and the desktop version have a very similar look and feel.

Are there any success stories?

According to the site, 60,350 partners have met on EastMeetEast and have successful relationships. The site features a number of testimonials from couples who are in long-term relationships or married thanks to their time on EastMeetEast.

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Are there any safety concerns?

EastMeetEast does not conduct any background screening on new members, therefore, it is important that you do your own diligence and always proceed with great caution when meeting someone for the first time. The site doesn’t seem to have a lot of problems with fake profiles according to the users, however, if you come across any, it is advisable to report them immediately to the EastMeetEast team to take action.

The site has provided safety tips on the site for members to read and adhere to. Make sure you do not reveal too much personal or financial information to strangers. It is also advisable to keep communication strictly within the site, until you feel safe enough to share your personal contact details. When it’s that time to meet for the first time, organize a date in a safe public space.

The site ensures that all the information provided during sign up are encrypted and kept safe by the site and will not be leaked to the public. For users who register using Facebook, EME does not post on your page or notify your friends that you have joined the site.

How do I delete or deactivate my account?

If you want to now leave the EastMeetEast site, you can easily delete your account on the profile settings. This will delete all your data on the site including messages, matches, and smiles. For you to get back to the site, you will have to register again and create a new profile.

For men who have a premium subscription, you will have to first discontinue the payments before deleting the account. On the app, you can do this on the iTunes account settings. Before you uninstall the app on your phone, it is important to stop the subscription and delete your profile first if you do not want to keep appearing on the search results.

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Pros

  • The niche focus on the site ensures that all the members have similar cultural backgrounds. This makes it very easy to connect and start a conversation based on similar backgrounds.
  • The EastMeetEast app has a good user interface and is suitable for young professionals. By using added features such as YouTube it becomes a very fun experience. This has led to its increased popularity among the Asian-American population.
  • Ladies on the site have a big advantage as they get to browse and receive messages without paying a single dime.
  • EastMeetEast has a very large pool of users among the Asian community, especially in North America. This significantly increases your chances of meeting a match.
  • Joining the site is easy and takes a very short time.

Cons

  • This site is most suitable for the Asian community in the diaspora but not very suitable for those living in the Asian continent.
  • Men have to pay for a premium subscription in order to communicate with ladies on the site. This can be a negative for men and thus you will find more women than men on the site.
  • There are members from other races who are registered on the site. So if you are expecting it to be 100% Asian you will be disappointed.
  • Some of the fields during sign-up are optional, therefore some of the profiles are not extremely elaborate.
  • EastMeetEast does not conduct any background checks for new users. This means that there may be more than the average amount of fake profiles or suspicious users. It is important to exercise caution to keep you and other members safe.

To Sum It Up

The EastMeetEast dating site is all about helping you find someone who understands you and had a similar upbringing and understands the culture within the Asian community.

The site targets mainly younger professionals in the diaspora and is currently expanding to Asia. It is very easy to join and meet up with new people who are within or outside your city. Both the website and the app are modern and updated and designed in a simple way for anyone to use.

This site is free for the ladies and it typically attracts women that are looking for a serious relationship rather than casual hookups. If you are looking to meet someone who has a similar background and interests in the Asian community, this is by far the most reputable app in the Asian community and the best place to start.

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Summary

EastMeetEast is an online and app-based dating platform that connects people with a similar background or interest in the Asian Community. This community is available in North America, Australia, and have recently expanded into Asia. This app attracts millennials looking for lasting relationships, not casual hookups, as may be the aim of some other similar apps.