Yangxifu Pride: 8 Memoirs For Western Women Who Love Asian Men | Speaking of China

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  1. Susan Blumberg-Kason
    Susan Blumberg-Kason March 9, 2012 at 6:26 am | | Reply

    Great list! I’ve read a few of these and am excited to check out the others! I picked up Dana Sachs’ book because I wanted to read about her experience in Vietnam in the 90s. So what a great surprise to find out that it was also about her relationship with her Vietnamese boyfriend. The end was so touching, it still gives me shivers. She was certainly brave to go back.

  2. Nathalie
    Nathalie March 9, 2012 at 7:25 am | | Reply

    Thank you for this great list! I love reading and am always looking for new books to add to my list of must reads, especially when they are written by Western women who found love in Asia. Happy International Women’s Day to you and all the lovely ladies out there!

  3. Wendy Tokunaga
    Wendy Tokunaga March 9, 2012 at 7:31 am | | Reply

    Jocelyn, Thanks so much for the shoutout about “Marriage in Translation” and for this wonderful list!

  4. David
    David March 9, 2012 at 8:33 am | | Reply

    For Indian-white relationships read Gori girl and white indian housewife. Daine Farr’s kids are cute.

  5. ordinary malaysian
    ordinary malaysian March 9, 2012 at 10:04 am | | Reply

    I must confess that I haven’t read any of the books you mentioned, Jocelyn. The closest to a yangxifu book that I have read was “Foreign Babes In Bejing”. And Foreign Babes is not a yangxifu book anyway. But I did enjoy 洋妞在北京 Foreign Babes though. May now look into some of the books you mentioned.

  6. Eileen
    Eileen March 9, 2012 at 1:49 pm | | Reply

    Thank you for the suggestions. I appreciate it. 🙂

  7. Sveta
    Sveta March 9, 2012 at 4:00 pm | | Reply

    I’m more of a fiction reader than non-fiction but I do admit that the titles do look intriguing 🙂 Happy late March 8th to everyone!

  8. David
    David March 9, 2012 at 5:40 pm | | Reply


    Something similar to the Gori Girl happened to White Girl in a Chinese American World..then they reappeared with wedding photos in December and now the couple have totally dropped out of sight.

  9. kevin lee
    kevin lee March 9, 2012 at 5:41 pm | | Reply

    great read up list !! will look into it

  10. cvaguy
    cvaguy March 9, 2012 at 7:53 pm | | Reply

    Thanks for the suggestion. I love to read memoir and biography, plus real life blog. I am currently reading “Will love 4 crumbs”, not AMWW story but a well written memoir.

    I may have a bias in term of choosing books. I mean if one goes to a foreign country for a long time, it has a large chance fall for locals. But here in US, one has many choices, how one makes ones choice really shows characters.

    Just purchased one of the book in the list following the suggestion, guess which one it was 🙂

  11. Heather Xia
    Heather Xia March 10, 2012 at 8:25 pm | | Reply

    Thanks, Jocelyn, for the recommendations! When my Chinese husband and I got engaged a friend shared the following read, which was incredible. It may be hard to find, but is highly worth it. “Grace: An American Woman in China, 1934-1974”.

  12. cvaguy
    cvaguy March 10, 2012 at 9:31 pm | | Reply

    Jocelyn – your guess is correct.
    I read not for entertainment but for learning, researching and understanding. Anything that is not real or remotely related has less appealing to me.
    Sometimes, I wonder if I am too practical and lack of imagination, or too down to earth and boring…

  13. cvaguy
    cvaguy March 23, 2012 at 4:30 pm | | Reply

    Just finished the book, really enjoy reading it and I learned a lot.
    The book is about a journey from they first meeting to their wedding, interweaving with the stories of five other couples that have different cultures, religions and races, as the results of author’s quest to understand her own situation. The book is humorous and out pouring with emotions. I am sure anyone that reads the book will love it and definitely learn something from it.

    The way she organized her wedding clearly shows that she is very smart and capable person and full of content. I just love smart people’s memor and learn how they handle different situations.

    Thank you for recommend this book to us.

  14. Tamara Hart
    Tamara Hart September 3, 2013 at 5:55 am | | Reply

    I, for one, am more interested in the physical side of the equation. Whenever the “Asian men” topic comes up, there is always a deafening cry of “they have wee wee’s.” Sadly, very few Western women, white women in particular, have something to say about Asian men from their own physical experience.

    I’m trying to set a new trend by talking about the physical attraction between Western women and Asian men. I just self published a true-story based fiction “Double Sauté.” Wish me luck. The book is here http://amzn.to/16Wtxwr

  15. Sveta
    Sveta September 3, 2013 at 5:26 pm | | Reply

    @ Tamara Hart

    I have a blog where I review a lot of Asian male/white female fiction 😀 Let me know if I can review your book.

  16. Lauren (English Wife, Indian Life)
    Lauren (English Wife, Indian Life) March 17, 2014 at 4:10 pm | | Reply

    This is my new reading list (whilst awaiting yours!) x

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