Pub’d in the China Daily: I Never Expected to Marry a Chinese Man


The China Daily, China’s major English-language newspaper, invited me to write a piece on my cross-cultural marriage — and they’ve just published it on their site. Titled “I Never Expected to Marry a Chinese Man“, it covers everything from how I assumed I would stay single in China to some of the cultural differences in dating and marriage I’ve noticed over the years.

Here’s an excerpt from the article:

The idea of dating or marrying a Chinese man never really crossed my mind before I first came to China in 1999. That’s probably the last thing you expected to hear from a woman known for writing and blogging about her marriage to a Chinese man, but it’s true.

When I think back to the months I spent in preparation for that year of teaching English in Zhengzhou, I draw a blank on Chinese men, apart from one simple thing. I assumed they weren’t dating material for me, and I wasn’t alone. An American man who had once taught in China famously told me, “You don’t have to worry about the students falling in love with you.”

You can read the full article at the China Daily. And as always, if you love it, share it!

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8 thoughts on “Pub’d in the China Daily: I Never Expected to Marry a Chinese Man

  • September 22, 2015 at 6:39 am

    @ Jocelyn,

    First you appear on the internet with your famous blog; second you appear on Chinese national TV; and now in the Chinese national newspapers. What next? It appears that your fame reaches no bounds. I should have been born a Western woman and then go to China to pursue one of those hot and sexy Chinese men. Then I will have fame and fortune just like you.

    There is no denial now that you are truly the greatest!!!!!!!!!


  • September 23, 2015 at 2:45 am

    At the rate you are going, I would not be surprised if you were somehow elected to be the President of the PRC in the distant future. A long time ago, I had a dream that you had become the president of China and united Taiwan and the Mainland. This dream may be a little bit farfetched right now but one never knows in the future. I may be addressing you as “President Eikenburg” soon.

  • September 23, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    “China taught me that love can happen anywhere, as long as you let your heart entertain every possibility of happiness, even the happiness least expected.”

    Really love this line. Very well written.

  • September 25, 2015 at 1:54 am

    You might be interested in this.

    GPD per capita of China has surpassed many East European countires. The increased wealth is always helpful.

  • September 25, 2015 at 11:03 am

    Congratulations Jocelyn, as someone who is engaged to a Chinese man I have appreciated your blog for a long time. No one in my daily life is in an AMWF relationship so blogs like your’s are really important to me!

    I have finally gotten around to starting my own blog which is more focused on my Chinese language learning journey.

    I drew inspiration from your blog name (I hope you don’t mind!) and called it talkingofchinese 🙂


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