Advice to help relate to your Chinese family. Stories about Chinese family, and the experience of being a foreigner in a Chinese family, from one Western woman with a Chinese husband.
No, he didn’t pull the bones out first and then eat the fish. He sorted the meat from the bones with his mouth, something that amazes me to no end.
Sometimes the family you discover in China isn’t the family you married into. It’s the family you create through meaningful connections.
This past Chinese New Year, we noticed a glaring absence from the family gatherings – one of Jun’s relatives, a fellow close to his own age. At first I figured it was just bad timing. Maybe we missed him because I had woken up a bit late? Or maybe he was dining with other relatives? […]
The Huffington Post just published The Top 6 Gifts Sure To Please Your Chinese Family, an article inspired by my classic post Giving Gifts to Your Chinese Family – A Modest Guide. Here’s an excerpt: Buying gifts for someone else never ranked as one of my top 10 most fun things to do. Not even […]
I think I ‘knew’ that discrimination does take place, but now I KNOW. As for the Chinese family, I wonder if the husband’s mind will ever be opened.
These were not grapes, folks. These were the dictionary definition of ambrosial, the true manna from the heavens that the gods themselves would feast upon.
It’s amazing to finally connect with my husband’s family/friends in the local dialect. Learning your partner’s obscure language or dialect is a LOT of fun.
It’s embarrassing to admit that I’m in my thirties and still enjoy a lot of support from my in-laws that I probably shouldn’t.
Every year, I swear this Chinese New Year is not going to kick my butt. And somehow, every year, I’m totally wrong on this. Yes, Chinese New Year 2016 — welcoming the year of the monkey — has been an exhausting parade of lunches, dinners, toasts, and meetings. By the last day I had rings […]
We’re busy celebrating Chinese New Year, the biggest holiday of the year here in China, at John’s family home in rural Hangzhou. I thought I’d share a few photos from Chinese New Year’s Eve. It was a lovely day to celebrate Chinese New Year’s Eve, with some of the most gorgeous blue skies of the winter. […]