Daily life in China, through the eyes of one Western woman with a Chinese husband from China’s countryside.
Why Spending Chinese New Year With Family Can Be Exhausting (Or How I Ended Up In The Emergency Room)
*+-You know your Chinese New Year holidays have hit a low point when you end up doubled over in the emergency room with an IV drip, praying you won’t vomit.
*+-I was raised in the Midwestern US. Yet now I live in China’s countryside with my Chinese husband and his family, where I’ve learned some surprising things.
*+-My Chinese family, including my husband, prefers that I stay around the home here in China. They say it’s for my safety…but it’s for theirs too.
*+-Though I still equate the word “invitation” with notice, I’m learning to appreciate the beauty in a sudden invite, like my big uncle’s dinner in China.
*+-John’s Grandma has never hugged or kissed me, nor told me she loves me. But these days — and especially after this dinner — I’ve never felt closer to her.
*+-It’s rather ironic that I didn’t change my maiden name for feminist reasons, but yet this is in line with China’s longstanding tradition.