Ember Swift Interview Part 2 – How China Changed Her Life

Ember Swift and Guo Jian, during one of their wedding ceremonies (photo courtesy of Ember Swift)

Last week, I introduced you to Canadian artist Ember Swift’s professional career — from how China changed her sound to what’s next for her as a musician/singer-songwriter and a writer. If you missed it, check out Part 1 of my Ember Swift interview. Also, you can purchase her music at iTunes and her website, peruse her must-read blogs, and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and Sina Weibo.

But when it comes to her writing, Ember isn’t afraid to get personal. She has written about her marriage to Guo Jian — the lead singer/bassist of Long Shen Dao — from the unique perspective of a queer woman. She has also shared her experience of being pregnant, giving birth and raising a baby in China, including navigating life with a Chinese mother-in-law who assists with child care.

In Part 2 of our interview, I asked Ember about her personal life — from how she met Guo Jian to what it’s like raising a baby in a Chinese family.  Continue reading “Ember Swift Interview Part 2 – How China Changed Her Life”

On Deadline, But Check Out My Posts on Babies in China

A pile of plastic pink naked baby dolls
(photo by Onclebob)

Because I’m currently on deadline for two paid articles (I write for a corporate magazine, they’re both due tomorrow, I’m in the crunch, Yikes!), I’m unable to drum up a fresh post for today.

However, one thing to look forward to — my exclusive interview with Anna Sophie Loewenberg should be coming out shortly (I’m hoping sometime this week). If you’re curious about what she’s been up to and what her latest 30-minute documentary is about, stay tuned.

In the meantime, if you’re looking for a good read, I’m going to recommend a few of my baby-related articles. Why babies? For one, my stepsister just had a baby, her first. Second, a Chinese friend of mine just commented about one of my posts on having kids — and I realized that some of you might have missed it. Third, I believe there’s a link between babies and deadlines — namely, that some folks out there seem to have those kiddos to meet some biological or societal cutoff.

“Zao sheng guizi”: the pressure of having babies in a Chinese family. This is the classic post my friend raved about. If you’ve ever been harangued by your Chinese relatives about your indecision in the reproductive department, well, this one’s for you.

My Chinese Husband, Almost Switched at Birth. When someone gives birth to a baby boy, you wouldn’t say “can we switch babies?” Unless, of course, you happened to be neighbors to my Chinese husband’s family.

The China Baby Race. My Chinese friend Peter had only been married to his wife for about a year. And within that year, he and his wife had already turned double happiness into triple happiness. Fast.

Wish me luck on cranking out those articles. 😉

The China Baby Race

A little asian boy looks surprised about the surroundings.
When my friend Peter already announced a baby boy, within a year of getting married, it made me wonder about the rush to have babies sooner in China (Photo by Erik Araujo)

This evening, I was so excited to find an e-mail from Peter, one of my closest Chinese friends. I expected to hear something about his work life, or perhaps his wife. But instead, I read this:

“We have some happy news to share with you. My wife just had a baby boy on February 15, 7 jin 3 liang. The mother is fine.”

Of course I was happy for him too, and I couldn’t wait to tell my Chinese husband about it. But then it hit me. Peter had only been married to his wife for about a year. And within that year, he and his wife had already turned double happiness into triple happiness. Fast. Continue reading “The China Baby Race”