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Samina (not her real name) is 32-year-old lawyer in Manchester and her experiences are typical of many Asian women."My friend Sarah is white and we're both around the same age and single," she says."We've started to notice a few more Asian women marrying outside of their own cultures," says Sat Bhatti, partner in wedding planning company Occ Asian Z."In fact, we recently organised the weddings of two Sikh women who married white men.We went on to organise events in bars and restaurants in other cities including Birmingham and Manchester." But some online dating sites reveal the extent of the problem Asian women face, with great emphasis on appearance, and in particular, complexion.

She later explained: "It's not something I want to do, but if I want to get married it looks like I have to consider it." But while compromise is the option for some, other cultural shifts are emerging."I realised there was a huge demand for a platform to bring Asian singles of the same religion together in an environment that didn't need to involve the whole family."Our first speed dating event four years ago in London attracted over 150 professional Asian singles.Another option is the traditional parental route, where parents introduce their son or daughter to a prospective match with family present.It can be successful and some do meet the man or woman of their dreams in their mother's living room over a nice cup of tea.