If you happen to be flipping through the Monday, February 21 Shanghai edition of the Global Times, you might just find a familiar face on page 16. Me, actually. 😉
The Global Times profiled me and Speaking of China for their newspaper, in an article titled A Love Affair With China. I have a PDF version of the article and a link to the online version. Here’s a snippet of it:
As a Western woman with a shorter Chinese husband, she has turned a lot of heads, but Jocelyn Eikenburg is determined to question and challenge stereotypes about Chinese men and Western women in love.
The 33-year-old American keeps a blog called “Speaking of China,” where she shares her understanding of Chinese culture and offers advice to those in family and dating dilemmas. She was named one of the “101 Inspiring Women Bloggers to Watch for 2010” by WE Magazine, a women’s online publication based in Florida.
Posting things that happened between herself and her husband and in-laws from rural Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, and addressing issues such as how Chinese men can be really sexy and how Western women can meet Chinese men in China, Eikenburg has exploited a piece of blogsphere where intercultural couples, especially the rarer pair of Western women and Chinese men, can get the feeling of finding a community where they can discuss their unique cultural frustrations and confront the puzzling intricacies of cross-cultural relationships.
“I’ve long been obsessed with sharing the experience of marriage to a Chinese man in a meaningful way that others could relate to,” Eikenburg told the Global Times. “My goal is not really to make people agree with me, because not everything is simply right or wrong. I just want to encourage people to discuss these issues or topics that I bring up.”
There is one correction that wasn’t made, due to technical problems. The article states I’ll be moving to China this summer — but, actually, I won’t be moving to China until summer of 2013, at the earliest.
You can read the full article online: A Love Affair With China.