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Jocelyn Eikenburg
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Lives in Hangzhou, China
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New #AMWF #romance novel for ONLY 99 cents! Price is good 24 hours only! "Ferry Tale: A Hong Kong Love Story" by Shannon Young is the kind of lighthearted, fun romance novel that's perfect for Valentine's Day weekend. Pick up your copy now!
Shannon Young just launched her new AMWF romance novel "Ferry Tale: A Hong Kong Love Story"; I'm offering an exclusive $0.99 e-book deal (24 hours only!)
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I talked to Ning Li recently on Youtube about how I came to China and more. If you're interested in hearing some of my stories (or just how I sound in real life!) check it out here:
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I think I've really lucked out when it comes to my mother-in-law. We have a really great relationship and she is endlessly supportive. So when I realized that new clothes for the new year would make her happy, well, I ended up buying this powder-blue jacket you see in the photo below.
She is the most amazing, devoted and loving mother-in-law I could ever ask for. If wearing some new clothes would make her happy, how could I refuse?
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Like much of China, we had some crazy winter cold hit us this past weekend, which meant lots of snow, ice and even the sight of a certain father-in-law on the roof. (Thank goodness he didn't fall off!)
Most of all, though, we survived. ;-)
There are things you never expect to see in a lifetime. Like watching a grown man whack snow off the roof with a bamboo pole.
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"The Girl Who Wrote in Silk" by Kelli Estes is one of the best books I read in 2015, and it was a USA Today Bestseller in Dec 2015. I'm so thrilled to interview Kelli today on the blog and introduce you to a must-read historical novel that also happens to feature a lovely AMWF couple.
"The Girl Who Wrote in Silk" by Kelli Estes links two women across centuries to a silk embroidered sleeve in a story of love, courage and humanity.
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Ning Li of Ning Li Dating has graciously offered to share the story of his first heartbreak – and why, in the long run, he’s grateful for everything that happened with her, even the painful times.
I had a weakness for white girls that looked cute and innocent, like the kind you’d bake cookies with. When I met Cheerio girl, my brain basically exploded.
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Happy year of the monkey to you all! I've been busy celebrating the holidays this week -- but here's a peek into what it was like on Chinese New Year's Eve at my husband's family home in the countryside:
We're busy celebrating Chinese New Year, the biggest holiday of the year here in China, at John's family home in rural Hangzhou. I thought I'd share a few
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Cross-cultural misunderstandings are a huge pitfall in dating abroad, including here in China.

Just imagine what it must have felt like for Ava Ming, the English blogger behind Ava Ming: My Oriental Life, when she heard these words from her date for the evening, a Chinese guy she met in Shenzhen: “I really want to kiss you, Ava, but I’m scared that I might get AIDS because all Africans have AIDS.”

Whoa!
“I really want to kiss you, Ava, but I’m scared that I might get AIDS because all Africans have AIDS.” I was literally struck dumb at his ignorance.
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What to call family in China? There are so many different ways, depending on who you're talking about in the family. (I once called it "The Chinese Family Name Game"). I sure could have used a post like this one from Yiwen Yang, offering some of the basics. Even better, it's just in time for Chinese New Year!
An introduction to some of the basics every Western woman who marries a Chinese man should know when it comes to what to call your Chinese family members.
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Going to China was one of the craziest and life-changing decisions I've ever made. Thanks to Ning Li for letting me share the story on his site!
Going to China was one of the craziest decisions I had ever made – a total detour from everything I had planned before. Read about it in my guest post.
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Yesterday (January 17, 2016) was the Laba Festival, which kicks off the official start to the Chinese New Year season in China. And on the laba festival, we always eat laba porridge, a favorite holiday food that my mother-in-law makes every year. Read on about laba porridge -- and three other of my favorite holiday foods during Chinese New Year!
Chinese New Year is all about food, even the days leading up. One of the best parts of the season is watching my mother-in-law prepare traditional foods.
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January used to hit me like a bad after-Christmas hangover -- so it's really nice to have another holiday to look forward to in winter and the new calendar year!
With all of this joy, excitement and holiday spirit around me, the January blues I used to know as a child don’t have a chance before Chinese New Year.
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  • 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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Hangzhou, China
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Ohio - Zhengzhou, China - Shanghai, China
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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.

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