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“Sheng Da Pang Sunzi 生大胖孙子” The pressure of having a boy in rural China



“Sheng Da Pang Sunzi 生大胖孙子” The pressure of having a boy in rural China

When I told my parents-in-law we were going to have a baby girl, they only gave a faint smile. The comment my father-in-law’s little sister made, however, is still in my mind: “That’s ok. You can try for a boy …

The Anniversary Confusion: Why we have two wedding anniversaries



The Anniversary Confusion: Why we have two wedding anniversaries

An anniversary can be a very important day for some people. For a couple an anniversary is a meaningful milestone that deserves to be celebrated.

Yesterday, exactly four years ago, we went to get our red little Chinese wedding booklets.…

My Chinese parents-in-law’s display of love



My Chinese parents-in-law’s display of love

There is a saying in Chinese “Actions speak louder than words” (shishi shengyu xiongbian 事实胜于雄辩) and my Chinese parents-in-law are fully living up to it. Their way of displaying love and affection is very different to what we are …

Cooking With Father-In-Law: My 2 Favourite Noodle Dishes (with recipes)



Cooking With Father-In-Law: My 2 Favourite Noodle Dishes (with recipes)

When I first visited my Chinese parents-in-law, their biggest worry was if I will be used to their food (mine was if I will even understand a word of their dialect…). It turned out their worry was unnecessary (mine wasn’t …


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