Highlights from study into mixed relationships/marriages with a Chinese partner | Speaking of China

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  1. chinaelevatorstories
    chinaelevatorstories July 15, 2013 at 3:34 am | | Reply

    @Jocelyn: Does she specify where the partner who is not Chinese is from particularly and where the couple is living at the moment? I think it would be interesting to get some more details, it seems like a very general overview and I’m not sure 33 is a very representative number.

    One point mentioned that definitely resonates with me is the translating. I had to translate a lot when we were in Europe and although I didn’t mind most of the time, it did bother me when I was tired.

    Will send an e-mail to request the survey.

  2. Laura
    Laura July 15, 2013 at 6:08 am | | Reply

    May I know hwo did you find interest in this topic? Or how did you know this was the topic for your dissertation?
    When I wrote my Master thesis finding the right topic was a huge challenge!

  3. Sara (Living a Dream in China)
    Sara (Living a Dream in China) July 15, 2013 at 10:36 am | | Reply

    I would love to read the whole dissertation too! I’m especially interested in the language aspect of Chinese-Foreign relationship as it’s something I’ve been thinking a lot recently.

    Was it you Jocelyn who had the post about a couple’s romantic language? That if you fell in love in Chinese, then it would be harder to change that common language later on to English for example. That’s whay I’m feeling at the moment when it seems so weird to speak English with my boyfriend, even I do want to help him to improve his language skills.

  4. Laura Banks (dissertation author)
    Laura Banks (dissertation author) July 15, 2013 at 11:35 am | | Reply

    Hi everyone and once again thank you for your support in the creation of my dissertation.
    @Laura I did a Chinese studies degree, so that’s the main link but the topic link was that my course tutor once said to me about the UK law having some barriers with children from intercultural marriages. I then just started thinking about other aspects of marriages that may prove different, whether positive or negative issues and then it just developed from there really.

  5. Sveta
    Sveta July 16, 2013 at 2:00 am | | Reply

    Although I didn’t participate in it, the study does sound intriguing.

  6. Miriam
    Miriam July 16, 2013 at 5:28 am | | Reply

    UK law having some barriers with children from intercultural marriages? Really? I would be very interested to read what your tutor says these are as I have never
    Heard of or come across them. UK is FULL of people in intercultural marriages. If they face some legal barriers with their children this really is quite shocking but would be good to be informed of such. Thanks!

  7. David
    David July 16, 2013 at 12:07 pm | | Reply

    @Miriam. No. The immigration laws of the Cameron-May government make it near impossible for British citizens to bring in their foreign spouses. A British doctor is now working in Singapore after it became near impossible for his Malaysian born wife to get a visa to migrate to the UK. In particular, white-non-white international marriages are targeted and backlogs are created to prevent white Brits from bringing in Non-white British spouses and vice versa. Here is a relevant story….


  8. Miriam
    Miriam July 17, 2013 at 9:16 am | | Reply

    @David… Thanks for your insight. Wow! Very shocked to be coming across this. It certainly was NOT my experience 16 years ago when I brought my Chinese husband over. Obtaining PR for him was very straight forward and very easy. We only stayed for a year though and have been living in Asia for past 15 years. It is MUCH more difficult to obtain PR in Asia though for a European. In saying that, I do remember a few years back reading several stories of people in UK who were abusing the system of getting PR and hence the many “marriages of convenience” with people divorcing as soon as PR was granted. Perhaps this is what Cameron’s administration was tryijg to curb? Perhaps it was other things besides this? Anything is possible. But how very unfortunate it is for those who are in genuine.relatuonships and face such difficulties. Really peculiar to hear it. A friend from UK brought her Bidayu Malaysian husband back 2 years ago to UK and he was also granted PR within a year and without difficulty. Just shows people in similar situations can experience very different things.

  9. David
    David July 17, 2013 at 11:05 am | | Reply

    @Miriam: Since you have been mentioning Malaysia, are you in Malaysia now? If so are you in Kuala Lumpur? Last month I went to this mall in KL and it was full of at least white people…I have been there before, and it was not nearly as white. In fact, never seen anything that white here in the Washington DC area. There were a few people (almost all English women) whose spouses had their visas delayed or rejected. Many planned to move to Singapore for work or Australia permanently. They told me that Theresa May particularly is not for international marriages and there are many in the current government who think along those lines. I am wondering whether this is contributing to the brain drain of British talent causing further harm to the already damaged economy…



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