Isn’t there another dating app for Asians already? Why do we need another one?
There is. But the way we see it, the other one is Long Duk Dong from "Sixteen Candles" and Alike is Awkwafina from "The Farewell". We feel Alike better captures our story, which is why this app was born.
I don’t want to date someone who’s only interested in dating Asians. Is this app still for me?
It is! The average dating app user uses 3-4 dating apps simultaneously to reach different crowds, and chances are, you do, too! So, the crowd on Alike isn’t interested in only dating Asians, but they are open to it and see the value of meeting someone with a similar background and experience. If you’re open to dating Asians, Alike is the best place to do it because you’ll get to see their personality and hear their voice!
Is your platform open to LGBTQ+ users?
Absolutely! It's for any and all who self-identify as Asian, regardless of sexual orientation or gender.
What if I’m a mixed Asian? Am I still welcome to join?
We certainly hope you do! Any and all who self-identify as Asian, even if partial, are welcome!
Do I have to shoot a video? What if I don't want to?
We get it! No one likes to record themselves! But we’re convinced that you’ll find it worthwhile. We’ve found that users who initially didn’t want to record videos changed their minds after seeing other video profiles and realized the benefits of it! But don’t worry. You’ll still have the option to record video and/or audio if you’re not comfortable filming yourself.
How are you going to keep the app just for Asians?
Alike is built to be a safe space where Asians can celebrate our identity, culture and story. We intend to keep it this way through a blend of positive education and our proprietary algorithm.
Why are you making this?
As an impressionable child growing up in Toronto, Canada with immigrant parents who were working most of the time, I learned to navigate culture and society by watching movies and TV shows like “Back to the Future” and “Fresh Prince”. But those narratives that I loved and escaped to never had people who looked like me. When there were Asians, they were depicted in such a way that made me ashamed of who I was. Ever since, I’ve always longed to see my story, and those like mine, represented and celebrated.
At the same time, I recognized that dating is an intersection where negative representation has real-life and harmful consequences. I’ve always found it frustrating not to be able to reveal my individuality and the uniqueness of my story - one where I felt like a product of two cultures, and meet others like myself. And I knew that many others in the Asian community were experiencing the same problem.
But I believe that Asian representation is on the cusp of a revolution, an awakening. We are starting to recognize the value of our unique story and celebrate it, be proud of it. It’s happening slowly, but surely. I’m doing what I can to pave a way for Asians to become happier individuals in society, living full lives with meaningful relationships. And I believe a way we can achieve that is by starting to tell our own stories. And for those that go on that journey, it’s a chance to find love, dignity and joy along the way.