But it got me thinking. I originally called on readers to share stories of love that lead to happily ever after. And yes, I had a reason — I wanted to offer a counterbalance to all of the negativity out there surrounding relationships between Chinese men and Western women.
Yet Fred’s story reminded me that we can learn so much from stories where love never happened or love was lost. There’s value in sharing those stories — and I’d like to make space for them.
So I’m putting out an official call. If you have a story of Western women and Chinese men in love that didn’t work out — such as love lost or love failed — then I want to hear from you!
You can submit it through my page or just e-mail me your story (jocelyn (at) speakingofchina.com). Feel free to change the names and even places to protect yourself or the people in your story. And if you don’t want to be named in connection with the story (in other words, no byline), that’s fine too.
I haven’t come up with a name for this series yet (“Double Happiness” seems too upbeat in retrospect), so I welcome any suggestions for a name.
And I especially look forward to hearing from you.