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.
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.
I invested years of my life studying Mandarin Chinese, only to marry a man whose local dialect is a different language. I wondered, should I learn it?
As I welcome the horse year with my family here in China’s countryside, I thought I’d give you a look via photos into our celebrations in the first days.
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.
This year, I’m giving my Chinese family here in Zhejiang a taste of Christmas…with some inevitable Chinese characteristics.
My Chinese in-laws miss us and can’t wait to have us move back into their home. And strange as it sounds, I can’t wait to move in with them too.
I’m going home later this year — to China. Sometimes, when I come across a memento of my pre-China life, I can’t believe that now I think of a foreign country as home. I imagine that girl, the one who longed to break free of the suburbs, who dreamed of the world beyond the Cleveland, […]
Dorcas Cheng-Tozun’s father never said ” love you” to her. That night was the first and only time he ever told her he missed her.