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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.
'Shade-ism' "Successful, career-focussed Asian women want to find their equal," she says.
"But because they don't always socialise in Asian-only groups they don't easily come across the right man.
Despite the many challenges, including shade-ism, that British Asian women face, many find suitable partners and enjoy happy marriages.
The last census showed that more British Asian men are marrying outside of their ethnic group than British Asian women."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." A 33-year-old government analyst next to me sighed and put up her hand, swiftly followed by other women in the room.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.
'Cultural clashes' A recent Muslim matrimonial event held in London offered a glimpse into the current climate.