Color Dating

Tinder for interracial dating

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Vu TranMaker@vu0tran · Vu Tran
Founder here. We started Color Dating as a side project but since it started gaining traction and we figured we'd post it here. I know it's a bit of a touchy subject, and it's slightly embarrassing for me as it's quite personal but I wanted to share our story. As many of us know, OkCupid has released several studies they've done on race, and it clearly shows that if you're a race other then white, you're statistically less desirable. I've experienced this feeling in the real world as well. I've been rejected more than once with the justification of, "I'm just not attracted to Asian men". At first, it was something that I was quite flustered with as I felt it wasn't something that I could physically change about myself. It felt like the world was stacked against me and I felt like I was somehow disadvantaged. Overtime I came to understand that physical attraction and people's preferences doesn't really say anything about your own personality. It's not necessarily bad. Just as I can't control my race, it's hard for those to control who they're attracted to. On the opposite end, I've met many people that were almost exclusively attracted to men / women outside of their own race but felt like it was too much of a taboo to pursue them. I even met an Asian girl who was attracted to black men and her family threatened to disown her. Yikes! It's 2016 people! Hence we decided to release these apps in hopes that we can help facilitate a more positive message on interracial dating. Hopefully we can play a small part in helping to take down some of these negative stigmas around the world someday :). Thanks for reading.
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Johnathan Butler@jbutlerxviii
@vu0tran Nicely done!
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Haik Avanian@super_haik · Product Designer, NYC
Uhh, what? How does this solve anything? The founder complains about being judged by race, and then proceeds to build an app based entirely about judging people by race?
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Vu TranMaker@vu0tran · Vu Tran
@super_haik Hey, thanks for the response. Maybe I wasn't clear, but what I meant to explain is that overtime, I felt like the racial judgment against me wasn't necessarily a bad thing. It's hard, if not impossible to control who you're attracted to and didn't mean they didn't like me as a person. Instead, we're trying to focus on facilitating a better experience and environment.
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Haik Avanian@super_haik · Product Designer, NYC
@vu0tran How are you facilitating that though? If two people are okay with interracial dating, they can use any platform to meet and date. How does this app actually facilitate what you're doing? Don't you think you're only going to attract people who would already be OKAY with dating interracially? Don't you think that creating an app based on Race is just as bad as dating based on race alone?
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~joe@glvninpdx · community evangelist @ tilde.town
@super_haik Haik, people of color traditionally have not had online communities that have supported them. Instead, we have had to navigate through systems that plan our presence and experience as anomalies, as other. No, it is not racist to create an app that caters to people of color, especially those who want to date other people of color. I would posit that this app might help to facilitate relationships that don't fetishize or exoticize other people of color. Race is just an abstract concept with no formal scientific evidence to back up its existence. So this isn't a "race-based" app. It's not racist to create and sustain communities for the support and survival of people of color.
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Derek Petersen@tuxracer · Lyft
@glvninpdx @super_haik It doesn't seem to me this app caters to people of color, nor those who want to date "other" people of color. This could help connect say indians who want to date caucasians. It's great to have a goal of sustaining and supporting people. However we shouldn't have to justify people's physical preferences with such grand goals -- basically motive laundering. It's simply a fact of life that some people truly are exclusively attracted to people of a specific gender, race, hair color, height, weight, eye color, etc... There's absolutely nothing wrong with honestly acknowledging that some people do have physical preferences for dating, or building products to facilitate that.
@super_haik @vu0tran As a mixed woman I think that this app is an excellent idea! I'm a fan of a lot of dating apps AND interracial dating. I find nothing wrong about an app that caters to interracial dating and lets you know ahead of time that people are open to dating outside of their race. A lot of dating apps don't cater to that point. If dating apps were completely colorblind we wouldn't find the need to create separate ones. Anyway, I will check out your app Vu Tran I'm actually really happy you created it!
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Chris Combs@mrcrisopolis · Chief Awesomeness Officer, Combs & Co.
Your app is a disaster... won't let me logout, I've selected women and next day I'm shown men and UI is sticking in places for no reason. On android you have a blue theme (status bar color) with a pink app. Just fyi.