Chapter 1: My Heart is Shut Away, My Chinese Boyfriend is Gone

I felt isolated and alone after I broke up with Frank, my Chinese boyfriend and deskmate. My Chinese friends, Caroline and John, took me away on a trip to console me — but it was the beginning of a relationship I never saw coming.

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The Grass is Greener?: when the romance ends, and China’s reality begins

After living with John, my Chinese boyfriend, for more than two years in Shanghai — and marrying him — I experienced the difficulties of an average Chinese through him.

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