Chapter 46: Cold Nights in the Chinese Countryside | Speaking of China

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  1. Lee
    Lee March 29, 2010 at 12:03 pm | | Reply

    “But, most of all, those parental misgivings of months before seemed to chill my heart: “It’s okay to be friends with a foreign girl, but not to date her.” ”

    As I said in an earlier post, as a fourth generation Chinese American, I have experienced it in reverse with the white American women’s families.

  2. Juliet
    Juliet March 29, 2010 at 1:37 pm | | Reply

    I feel that to embarrassed to ask for anything any time I visit people the first several times. It takes me awhile to get comfortable.

    I am very happy for you that you have experienced the warmth of love with your husband’s family, though. 🙂
    .-= Juliet´s last blog ..This kid isn’t even born yet, and she is already waking me up. =-.

  3. Julie
    Julie March 29, 2010 at 10:32 pm | | Reply

    I completely know what you mean! Even now as I type this I am cold since the heat is over for this winter in Beijing! Not that 50 degrees is very cold, but when there is no heat it’s hard to get warm inside.
    I once visited Zhengzhou during the first week in November before the heat had been turned on, and since it was my first fall in China I had no idea how cold I would be at night. The silly foreigner should have brought more layers! Two years after that I visited a friend’s family in Nanchong, Sichuan. The moist air, single-pane windows, and no heat made for freezing nights! I, too, wish I had asked my hosts for more blankets. 🙂
    Actually the coldest I’ve ever been was when I was backpacking through Laos. I thought that surely it couldn’t be too cold there since it was further south than China and Kunming had been warm. Wrong again! My friend and I shared a single bed at night in northern Laos to stay barely warm. 🙂

  4. 路易师傅
    路易师傅 March 30, 2010 at 1:56 am | | Reply

    I absolutely love dongbei winters. The snow, the cold harbin beer, and the way people speak proper chinese are awesome. You get out of bed and you don’t need coffee because the cold slaps you awake!

  5. ellis
    ellis March 31, 2010 at 6:27 pm | | Reply

    Oh, I know this kind of winter all too well! And those concrete houses are just terrible for insulation; it’s usually even colder inside than it is outside. I went home in the dead of winter with a student and they gave me so many blankets, including an electric one, that I felt a little bad. They even went out of their way to turn on the room heater they never used themselves (and I was still freezing!). I am so glad the weather will (supposedly) turn warm any day now.
    .-= ellis´s last blog ..Fly Me to the Moon =-.

  6. Chris
    Chris May 11, 2010 at 4:36 am | | Reply

    Interesting. I’ve always had the idea that Caucasians are more cold-resistant because you guys are more well-built. But what you’re used to matters too i guess.

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