I met a girl in Indonesia a while ago and everytime when I come to this country, we meet for a chat, dinner or some shopping.
The funny thing is that I always have to emphasize that she should come ALONE. If not, she will always show up with a bunch of family members.
Initially I didn't care, however I got annoyed when I noticed that I hardly could have a chat with her since she was often occupied by one of the family members. Eversince I always ask/check 'Only you and me…right?' when making an appointment 🙂
This cultural difference may have its roots in the dominant role of family & collectivism in Asian cultures.