Yin-Yang: Discovering a Whole New World with My Chinese Husband | Speaking of China

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  1. chinaelevatorstories
    chinaelevatorstories January 10, 2014 at 10:41 am | | Reply

    Nicki is such a talented writer and I agree 100% that the world widens if you’re willing to learn about your other half’s world, and this doesn’t only extend to couples who are in a cross-cultural relationship, but to couples in general who keep an open mind about the person they are with.

    1. Nicki Chen
      Nicki Chen January 11, 2014 at 3:16 am | | Reply

      You bring up a good point. Every relationship is an opportunity for both parties to expand their horizons.

  2. Susan Blumberg-Kason
    Susan Blumberg-Kason January 10, 2014 at 1:10 pm | | Reply

    I love this post and of course the wonderful photos! I feel the same way about kung fu movies. I like the old Bruce Lee ones filmed in Hong Kong, but probably because I enjoy seeing old Hong Kong. Some in this genre are better than others. As for learning from one’s spouse, I think that is important no matter the differences or similarities. There are just more opportunities for that in cross-cultural relationships!

    1. Nicki Chen
      Nicki Chen January 11, 2014 at 3:21 am | | Reply

      I spoke to my middle daughter last night, and she, too, remembers seeing Bruce Lee movies in Manila’s Chinatown. I thought she would have been too young. She remembers a scene of someone peeing in a big soup pot.

  3. Constance
    Constance January 10, 2014 at 7:35 pm | | Reply

    I really enjoy Nicki’s posts – I find them really relatable and thought-provoking! It just goes to show that even when people have different interests and grow up in different environments, they can still complement each other.

  4. ordinary malaysian
    ordinary malaysian January 10, 2014 at 9:32 pm | | Reply

    Succinct, yet so insightful and well written. And those pictures speak a thousand words. Nicki Chen writes well from her experience. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Jill W
    Jill W January 10, 2014 at 11:38 pm | | Reply

    I only recently connected with Nicki’s blog. I look forward to perusing her past posts. Lovely post and photos! We have so much to learn from other cultures.

  6. Nicki Chen
    Nicki Chen January 11, 2014 at 3:24 am | | Reply

    Thank you Constance, ordinary malaysian, and Jill W for your support and interest.

  7. DE GUCHTENEERE, Bernard
    DE GUCHTENEERE, Bernard January 12, 2014 at 11:53 pm | | Reply

    Having been married to a Sri Lankan lady (Juliet Pereira) for 25 years I did learn a lot while sharing a deep and loving relationship. It is therefore easy to understand that I appreciate Nicky’s enjoyable and enriching contributions. As for me, Juliet will never be forgotten and my readings deal often with Sri Lanka. The latest book I am reading these days is entitled “Religion, Conflict and Peace in Sri Lanka”, written by a good friend of mine, Jude Lal Fernando.


  8. Hari Qhuang
    Hari Qhuang January 13, 2014 at 2:13 am | | Reply

    It is true what the elderly folks say:
    “Just like Yuan and Yang (Mandarin ducks) that look so different, the happiest couple are often made of very different characters”

    I love this post! Another great writing by Nicki!

  9. Sveta
    Sveta January 13, 2014 at 11:31 am | | Reply

    In my longest relationship with a Korean guy, its odd that we are different in perhaps he and I having different hobbies, but I think when it comes to some long term goals we seem to be on the same page, or we have similar views to certain things.

  10. zhou
    zhou February 1, 2014 at 11:40 pm | | Reply

    But that movie too much. The real soul of the Chinese is best portrayed by Westerner in Kung Fu Panda and Mulan. It’s ironic to see a Chinese men like in the Bruce Lee movie while most of us well were portrayed very well in those Cartoons movies. But the writings of Nicky Chen is fabulous and I cannot wait to see more of it.

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