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Jocelyn Eikenburg
Works at The Wu Way
Attended Marshall University
Lives in Hangzhou, China
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春晚 Chunwan – Spring Evening – are two words laden with cultural meaning in the Chinese language. Every year on the first day of Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival, almost the entire nation turns on their TV, or now their laptops, to broadcast this…
春晚 Chunwan – Spring Evening – are two words laden with cultural meaning in the Chinese language. Every year on
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While 4 percent of the Earth’s population flocks to the countryside to celebrate Spring Festival (Chunjie, 春节), some cities in the U.S. will ring in the Chinese New Year with activities and events: Chinese New Year parades featuring colorful costumes,…
While 4 percent of the Earth's population flocks to the countryside to celebrate 春节, some cities in the U.S. will ring in the Chinese New Year
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As China in January turns into a festive wonderland of red and gold everywhere you look, some of us don’t feel as excited as the Chinese New Year décor might suggest. The biggest holiday in China is also fraught with a number of annoyances, particularly…
The biggest holiday in China is also fraught with a number of annoyances, particularly when you have family there.
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After years in China, I’d given up on finding a mainland Chinese guy. There were still cuties, but I knew that the cultural aspect was mafan (trouble).
After years in China, I’d given up on finding a mainland Chinese guy. There were still cuties, but I knew that the cultural aspect was mafan (trouble).
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I can't really blame you for falling for my Black Ken. You see, we have more in common than you may think: We have great taste in Men.
I can’t really blame you for falling for my Black Ken. You see, we have more in common than you may think: We have great taste in Men.
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What's the prediction for your Chinese zodiac sign in 2017?
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Chinese media and their passion to report on WWAMs and their offspring is always a treasure trove and mostly the motor fuelling our WWAM Spotter section. However, while most articles tend to be of the copy-paste variety, the story of 30-year old Annie…
Chinese media and their passion to report on WWAMs and their offspring is always a treasure trove and mostly the
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WWAM Bam, the new group blog for Western women who love Asian men, just published my piece titled How to Deal with 3 Major Chinese New Year Annoyances. Here’s the introduction to that article: As China in January turns into a festive wonderland of red and…
WWAM Bam, the new group blog for Western women who love Asian men, just published my piece titled How to Deal with 3 Major Chinese New Year Annoyances. Here’s the introduction to that article…
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How should you NOT give gifts in China? What are the things to avoid? Here are 4 ideas you won’t want to try if you're hoping to impress.
How should you NOT give gifts in China? What are the things to avoid? Here are 4 ideas you won’t want to try if you’re hoping to impress.
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I always used to think you were cool and open-minded. You voted for Obama. You had a terrific downward dog pose. One of your friends was Chinese.
I always used to think you were cool and open-minded. You voted for Obama. You had a terrific downward dog pose. One of your friends was Chinese.
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WWAM Bam -- Western Women & Asian Men, Breaking All Molds -- is a new group blog for Western women who love Asian men. And you're invited to join us.
WWAM Bam — Western Women & Asian Men, Breaking All Molds — is a new group blog for Western women who love Asian men. And you’re invited to join us.
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As we say farewell to 2016, I’d like to share the best posts on this site – including the top five by views and my five own personal favorites.
As we say farewell to 2016, I’d like to share the best posts on this site – including the top five by views and my five own personal favorites.
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Writer and blogger at speakingofchina.com
Introduction

Jocelyn Eikenburg is a writer and blogger who discovered her passion for the written word -- as well as her true love -- while living and working in China. Her marriage to John/Jun, a Chinese national from Hangzhou, ultimately inspired her to blog about love, family and relationships in China as well as AMWF (Asian Male, Western Female) relationships at Speaking of China.

She has been interviewed by the BBC about her blog and cross-cultural marriage. The Wall Street Journal has also  featured her site, while other press coverage highlights include the South China Morning Post. You can find her writing in The Huffington PostMatadorAsian Jewish Life, and Global Times. Jocelyn has interviewed Celeste Ng (Everything I Never Told You) and Alex Tizon (Big Little Man), two authors whose books were reviewed by The New York Times.

Her essay “Red Couplets” was published in 2013 in the anthology Unsavory Elements alongside some of the biggest names in the China expat literary world including Peter Hessler, Simon Winchester, Michael Meyer, Deborah Fallows, Alan Paul, Susan Conley and Jonathan Watts. The 2014 anthology How Does One Dress to Buy Dragonfruit includes her essay "Huangshan Honeymoon".

A Cleveland, Ohio native now living in China, she has resided in Shanghai and Zhengzhou but now calls her husband's enchanting city of Hangzhou home. Jocelyn is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and currently at work on a memoir. She hopes to one day finally master the most uptempo Jay Chou songs without missing a beat.

Jocelyn has blogged about topics such as being a yangxifu (the foreign wife of a Chinese man) in China, interracial/cross-cultural relationships (including related stereotypes and racism), AMWF pride, and books and authors that appeal to her readership. To read the best of her work, check out this hand-picked list of her favorite posts.

Follow Jocelyn and Speaking of China on FacebookTwitterSina Weibo/新浪微博, and LinkedIn. You can also receive blog posts by e-mail or by RSS feed. Check out her Pinterest boards featuring couples of Chinese men and Western womenChinese wedding photos and more.

Education
  • Marshall University
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Female
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Writer
Employment
  • The Wu Way
    Owner, 2006 - present
    Writing articles, website content and marketing materials, with a special interest in helping businesses based in China (or with China operations) communicate to a Western/global audience
  • Speaking of China
    Blogger, 2009 - present
    A blog about love, family and relationships in China as well as AMWF (Asian Male, Western Female) relationships created by Jocelyn. Speaking of China has been featured on the BBC and The Wall Street Journal.
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Currently
Hangzhou, China
Previously
Ohio - Zhengzhou, China - Shanghai, China