First off, I am Asian American, but born here so the idea of arranged marriage seems to be a custom done in other countries. Personally, I would never warm up to it since I am a believer more in fate, falling in love, etc. However, it's how my parents met, and how a reluctant Chinese American friend of mine (highly educated and also born here) met his wife through a "dating" club. In the case of my parents, they have remained married 50 years and in the case of my friend, he ended up in an incompatible relationship. But in recent years, I have seen this ancient custom take hold among Americans like me who were born and raised here, regardless of race or national origin. Where I live there was this case where a man got in trouble with the law promising his daughter for marriage at a future date to his friend's son for exchange of money, food, and alcohol. Then several other cases popped up. The local community where I live overwhelmingly supported the practice and the man was exonerated. It was his free practice of "religion" in America which allows for freedom of religion. I don't think this would have been the case 10 or 15 years ago. While on a visit to a very high end private university in Northern California (I won't mention the name) I came across an ad that was an arranged marriage service. People actually can sign up their kids to be, just in case. Now if this were Japan (my ancestry) many years ago, I totally understand and am not judgmental towards a practice most of the world sees as perfectly normal. But in the United States? Does it fit our society? Times are definitely changing and it could be due to a larger portion of Asians like me in the US, and immigrants from other countries used to arranged marriage, and the dating services at Elite universities appear to cater to the overwhelmingly overrepresented Asian populations at such schools. Thoughts?