We met at school back in Jan 2011 and developed a friendship from there. It went well. By June 2011, I gave her flowers and small gifts to express how I felt. At the time, she occasionally sent me messages, but that has all but stopped now; I have to send a message to her first. I also gave her a Valentine's and Christmas gift this year. She accepted them, so I assume that’s good. Since she’s super serious about school, we don’t see each other often, but we still hang out sometimes. Guess giving her a Valentine's gift didn’t scare her off. Also don't know if it matters, but she trusts me enough to go with me without family/friends tagging along.
A week and a half ago, I told her I loved her and she said something like “you shouldn’t say that” with a smile. I think she knew my feelings before I actually told her. Since then, we haven't spoken to each other, so I'm not sure if I should approach her at all or give her some room. Don’t know if she’s playing hard to get, I confessed too early, she’s uninterested, or what. She SEEMS interested in me, but the cultural differences don't help. Any advice?
PS - I only added in Vietnamese in case cultural differences mattered. I am aware they still share several traits with American, Chinese, and other girls across the world.