Books with Chinese Men and Western Women in Love | Speaking of China

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  1. AmericanFamily
    AmericanFamily November 12, 2010 at 7:10 am | | Reply

    Don’t forget Gish Jen’s the Love Wife. I actually named my blog after a quote from that book.

  2. Jessica
    Jessica November 12, 2010 at 9:50 am | | Reply

    Another good one is Cloud Mountain, by Aimee Liu, where she tells the story of her grandparents, who fell in love around the fall of the Qing dynasty and spent the next 30 or so years in China. While some parts of it are a bit disturbing (I would say it isn’t all love and romance for the couple in question, they have some pretty intense ups and downs) it is really fascinating how they managed to raise a pretty large family and do fairly well for themselves at a time when it was not at all acceptable to marry outside your own race.

    Thanks for the list — there are some here I haven’t read yet!

  3. Grace
    Grace November 12, 2010 at 9:57 am | | Reply

    Seems like all scandal stories mostly from yesteryears. How about a white woman of Dutch/French origin from South Africa falling in love with a Chinese guy in South East Asia, settle down and raise kids. The kids are now in their late teens and early twenties, but the mother’s family back home think that she is still unmarried…she has not told them yet…well that is a real life story of a white South African woman married to a prominent surgeon in a South East Asian country, but since the kids are super-smart and the first daughter graduated from Stanford at the age of is no scandal and no one will be interested in reading their life history.

  4. Christine
    Christine November 14, 2010 at 11:21 am | | Reply

    Thanks for this great compilation! I didn’t realize Rachel DeWoskin had written another book — the synopsis sounds amazing, can’t wait to get my hands on it.

  5. Aorijia
    Aorijia November 15, 2010 at 4:49 am | | Reply

    Great list. I really enjoyed some of these books… Others will be part of my reading list for the future.


  6. Gomushin Girl
    Gomushin Girl January 9, 2011 at 9:57 pm | | Reply

    Also check out the biography of Grace Devine Liu, an American singer who moved to China with her husband in the early 1930’s:
    Grace in China: An American Woman Beyond the Great Wall, 1934-1974

  7. Jean Lin
    Jean Lin January 23, 2013 at 11:34 am | | Reply

    I have written a poetry memoir, Breathing Rice: An East West Love Story, about marrying my Chinese husband in 1972 in Florida. People were surprised that my family was supportive but my husband’s family was not. (initially). It is still hard for some Westerners to understand that some cultures would not be happy to have an American join the family. I have loved blending cultures and the struggles and humor that comes of it was a gift to both families. We now have 4 inter cultural marriages of the 8 grandkids of my parents-in-law with more to come, I foresee.

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