He Doubted He’d Find ‘the One.’ She Made Him a Believer.

So, Ms. Liu had to leave. She was late for dinner with a friend. They said goodbye and said they wanted to see each other again.

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Three days later, Choi attended an event at the New York Historical Society, near her Upper West Side apartment. He texted her that she was in her neighborhood, so she told him to stop by her house. (Ms. Liu’s mother was staying at her apartment at the time. She can’t speak English and he can’t speak Mandarin, so they just smiled at each other.)

When Ms. Liu and Mr. Choi had some time alone, she asked him if she could hold his hand and he said yes. She expected him to kiss her, but she didn’t. After taking the elevator with him to the ground floor of her apartment building, she asked him if she could hug him. She got a little sad when, again, he didn’t kiss her. (He just wanted to respect her boundaries, she said.)

On their third date, a week after meeting in person, Ms. Liu made the first move and kissed him. They spent hours at Fornino, a pizzeria in Dumbo, Brooklyn, and then strolled through a nearby park, sitting and enjoying the view of the Statue of Liberty. It was here that Mr. Choi told her that he really likes her and that he would love to go out with her.

She agreed to be his girlfriend on their fifth date and on the sixth she met his parents.

In the following months, Ms. Liu got to know her parents well. “They are also first-generation immigrants like me; we are on the same wavelength,” Ms. Liu said. She was surprised by how similar her cultures were. She also grew up listening to K-pop and learned some Korean, which she was able to practice with her parents.

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