From the Archives: On Family in China | Speaking of China

From the Archives: On Family in China

Black and white image of a tree on a farm

As I struggled to remember all of the names for my Chinese relatives, I began to feel lost in the family tree. (photo by Kinsey)

As I transition back to living in the family home with my inlaws, brother-in-law, sister-in-law and niece in China, I went back through the archives and pulled a few classic posts related to my family in China.

The Chinese Relatives Name Game. Now that I’m in China, no doubt I’ll continue to struggle with all of the names of different relatives — just as I did a couple of years ago when I wrote this post.

My Chinese Husband’s Cousin, Looking For a Western Wife to Brag About. Family say the darnedest things sometimes — including when it comes to who they want to marry and why.

Ruzhui: When Chinese Men “Marry Into” Wife’s Family. Ruzhui, where Chinese men “marry into” the wife’s family and have the child carry her name, turns Chinese marriage tradition upside down. And interestingly, it happened with a relative of mine.

I’ll be back on December 9 with some fresh content!

2 Responses

  1. ordinary malaysian
    ordinary malaysian December 2, 2013 at 5:16 am | | Reply

    Hope you are nicely re-settling in to life in China. Those three post were interesting. On Chinese family tree, sometimes I cannot even get beyond jiujiu! Tough, real tough. But at least everyone has a specific title and not just uncles and aunties.

  2. johnalexander
    johnalexander December 4, 2013 at 9:33 am | | Reply

    Interesting stories you got there. Yea even in the same cultural marriage things happened you know. And for the rest of you who ever dealt with Indonesian authority especially lawman please look closely at that’s how the Indonesian police cover up her murder with bizzare manufactured facts to cover up this cases from murder to just street roberry.

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