Love is so magical. It finds ways that two people meet at a right place, at the right time. You feel in love with a stranger that you don’t know, feel affection with your same sex or even with a different race.
Here the stories that besides the boundaries, different culture they prove that true love exists:
In 1907, a seventeen-year-old Scotch-Irish girl named Mae Munro Watkins met nineteen-year-old Tiam Hock Franking of Amoy, China, while attending high school in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Their growing love intensified later while both were students at the University of Michigan, where Mae studied Latin and German and Tiam prepared for a career in international law. Because of the legal and social restrictions in the early 1900s, interracial relationships such as theirs were bitterly and publicly discouraged. Nevertheless, despite opposition to their relationship with both their families, Mae and Tiam married and later moved to China. There Mae raised three children, taught college English, and helped Tiam with his own teaching and legal work. And, by her own conscious choice, Mae also succeeded in becoming a proper Chinese wife and daughter-in-law.
Working from interviews with Mae Franking and from material contained in Franking’s original manuscript, Katherine Anne
Porter ghostwrote Mae’s story in 1920 for Asia: The American Magazine on the Orient. Asia published My Chinese Marriage as a four-part series, and subsequently, Duffield and Company published it unchanged in book form. Mae Franking’s original manuscript was lost, so there can be no direct comparison between Franking’s manuscript and Porter’s work.
This annotated edition contains the full text of My Chinese Marriage as it appeared in Asia. In addition, the Franking’s granddaughter, Holly Franking, provides a narrative account of Mae’s life, as well as private letters and contemporary newspaper clippings (the marriage was deplored by racist editors in Ann Arbor and Detroit). This previously unavailable material will enable Katherine Anne Porter scholars to assess her stylistic and fictional contributions to the text.
A Yoga Memoir
At thirty, Californian Leza Lowitz is single and traveling the world, which suits her just fine. Coming of age in Berkeley, California, during the sexual and feminist revolutions of the 1970s, she learned that marriage and family could wait.
When Leza moves to Japan and meets the man of her dreams, her heart opens in ways she never thought possible. But she’s still an outsider, and home is far away. Rather than struggle to fit in, she opens a yoga studio and makes a home for others. Then, at forty-four, Leza and her Japanese husband seek to adopt–in a country where bloodlines are paramount and family ties are almost feudal in their cultural importance. She travels to India to work on herself and back to California to deal with her past. Something is still not complete until she learns that when you give a little love to a child, you get the whole world in return.
This inspiring memoir reflects the author’s deep connection to yoga and deepening quest for motherhood. Through teaching, meditation, and community, she transcends her struggles and embraces the joys of adoption and motherhood.
Leza Lowitz lives in Tokyo with her husband, the writer Shogo Oketani, and their ten-year-old son. She has edited and published over seventeen books, many on Japan, and has run her own yoga studio in Tokyo for a decade. She travels throughout Japan and Asia to teach yoga and write. Her debut YA novel, Jet Black, and the Ninja Wind, won the 2013-2014 Asian/Pacific American Award in Young Adult Literature.
Chinese man loves a white woman
Celebrity Liu Ye, a famous Chinese actor, is married to a French woman, with whom he has two children. His intercultural love and family life have attracted over 50 million followers on his Weibo account.
But the real darling of netizens is Liu’s son, with whom he participated in the popular TV show Where Are We Going, Dad?.
With an increasing number of international students and workers coming to China, along with record-breaking numbers of Chinese now studying abroad, many Chinese men are inevitably falling in love with Western women, and vice versa.
This is exactly what happened to Vicky and Shen Da five years ago. They met in college in New York, where Shen “stood out” because there were literally no Asians in the Texas town she grew up in.
Even though Shen had already spent four years in San Francisco, all his friends in the US were Chinese, so his English still wasn’t at a level to be able to adequately express his feelings for Vicky.
Thus, Vicky was compelled to make the first move. The couple is now living together in Shanghai, Shen working for his family business and Vicky studying Chinese.
“She can already speak to my family for an hour and a half,” Shen said proudly. “They also asked her to cook Chinese food for me,” he said. “That hasn’t happened yet,” Vicky retorted, smilingly.
Apart from language barriers and cultural differences, the troubles they face as a couple are pretty similar to any cohabiting man and woman in the world: Vicky snores during the night and Shen has a hard time apologizing after a fight.
Another AMWF couple, who also studied together in the US, recently stirred up some buzz on social media for openly disclosing anti-Chinese and Japanese nationalist publications found in a Japanese hotel chain.
Kat and Sid, as the couple-vloggers call themselves, found 1.5 million fans on Weibo in a matter of weeks after they started a YouTube channel together. In their videos, Kat reacts to popular Chinese TV shows, speaks Putonghua and tries to cook tomato and eggs (a popular Chinese dish) for Sid.
The popularity of this sort of WWAM content on the Web provides a platform for identification and gives Western women who date Asian men newfound confidence. Blogger Lena Elsborg (alias Lingling) is a very lively example of it.
The Danish national, who resides in Beijing, inform her viewers about the many advantages of dating Chinese men on her popular YouTube channel.
According to her, apart from learning more about Chinese culture and language, another benefit of having a Chinese boyfriend is that they will “definitely carry your bag and immediately text you back.”
“Chinese men will care about their girlfriend’s well-being a lot,” she added. “Sometimes, however, it’s a little bit too much.”
For instance, constantly buying her presents or treating her to a vacation at a high-end hotel. Another plus, she said, is that Chinese men like to go shopping with their girlfriends. “Also, they are not afraid of marriage,” she hastened to add.
Blogs and vlogs about the AMWF phenomenon still count as niche content, but the sum of their global awareness among online viewers may soon lead to the dissolution of common stereotypes Western women tend to have toward Asian men.
In the future, the fact that Vicky likes Shen Da may be nothing worth reporting on it’ll become just another fairy tale love story.