My Chinese Husband, the Military Fan | Speaking of China

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  1. Jessica
    Jessica November 22, 2010 at 6:56 am | | Reply

    omg, are we married to the same man? My husband, this free thinking open minded musician LOVES all things military. He devours military history books, has visited the military museum here in Beijing twice and still wants to go back, and whenever he gets a chance our TV is on the war/guns/army channel on TV. I find it kind of endearing simply because it is so out of character otherwise. I think it might be something guys of this generation have in common (John is close in age to my husband, right? Mine is 37) probably like you said due to childhood memories and growing up hearing old war stories from parents and grandparents. There’s a certain nostalgia about it I guess.

  2. adam
    adam November 23, 2010 at 12:08 am | | Reply

    Jocelyn,
    I am the same age as your husband. I think I had some interest in military when I was very young. But I don’t like Chinese anti-Japanese films. They’re just tools to educate chinese citizen and cover up the facts.

  3. 0%
    0% November 23, 2010 at 5:00 am | | Reply

    @Adam
    I would call most of them anti-fascism films, just the same as Quentin’s “Inglourious Basterds”

  4. Chinamatt
    Chinamatt November 23, 2010 at 5:52 am | | Reply

    Funny coincidence, my wife was fascinated by the USS New York when it stopped by last year. I was more than a little surprised.

  5. Ernie Woo
    Ernie Woo November 23, 2010 at 11:58 am | | Reply

    I’m 56 years old and grew up with everything WWII. The Japanese invasion of China was the last of a series of attempts to colonize the nation and the most atrocious. The Jews have not forgotten the Holocaust, the Brits still remember the Blizt and the Chinese are unlikely to put kangri behind them any time soon. Many men are boys with more expensive toys. I’m building a collection of 1/48 scale models of WWII combat aircraft of U.S., Japan, Germany and Britain. I had no desire to join the military.

  6. AmericanFamily
    AmericanFamily November 24, 2010 at 7:41 pm | | Reply
  7. sam
    sam November 24, 2010 at 8:13 pm | | Reply

    hi jocelyn, you know what ? inside every man there is a big boy. we men are obsessed with machines, ok well, not all of us, but most of us.

  8. Henry Yeh
    Henry Yeh January 11, 2011 at 12:41 am | | Reply

    Lemme guess… your hubby is glued to the TV right now watching the test flight of J-20 stealth fighter.

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