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Jocelyn Eikenburg
Works at The Wu Way
Attended Marshall University
Lives in Hangzhou, China
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The racist white Grandpa that ruined his 4th of July...
“The nuclear secrets. I know you came here to steal from us.... You’re Chinese, I know you are,” he says quietly, triumphantly, like he’s got me checkmated.
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Like the "karaoke method" to learn Chinese? Try these four Chinese love songs.
"Listening to Chinese love songs is one of the very best ways to learn Chinese....Here are four we especially like!"
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Ever had someone in China tell you you're "fat"?
"In China people...will just blatantly tell you that you have gained a few pounds or, as Bridget Jones would say, 'have (a) bum the size of Brazil.'"
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Are you an Asian man who has something to say about love and dating? I'd love to hear from you! Click through my link below for some inspiration on what you could write about and then send me your submissions. I look forward to reading them! :-)
If you're an Asian man and you have something to say about love and dating, I want to hear from you! Submit your guest post today.
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Honored to feature +Ray Hecht on my blog today, promoting his new memoir! It's a lot of "sex and the city", but from the refreshing perspective of a very self-deprecating white American guy. It entertained me on the bullet train from Beijing to Hangzhou!
My interview with Ray Hecht about his memoir "Pearl River Drama: Dating in China", an honest and compelling look into his love life in Southern China.
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I talked to +Grace Buchele Mineta about her fantastic 2nd book (which already has nearly 200 Amazon reviews!). 
Grace Mineta of Texan in Tokyo has once again wowed us with her delightful comics in her latest book "My Japanese Husband (Still) Thinks I’m Crazy".
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Sooo behind this week and trying to catch up! (I just moved!) But this past Monday marked 6 years of blogging for me. Is that a blog-iversary? Anyhow, thank you all for following the blog and commenting/sharing -- you inspire me to continue writing!
Six years ago on May 18, 2009, I first pressed the "publish" button on Speaking of China. Thank you for your support over the years!
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Kind of embarrassing at first...and yet, when I later pondered the whole situation, realized there was a lot more to this than just nerves!
An interviewer asked, “Tell me about some cultural differences between you and your Chinese husband.” WhyI couldn't think of a single decent example?
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As mother's day approaches, I think of my mom and wish she were still here.
I found my way to China (and my Chinese husband) long after my mother passed away. What if she could have seen me now?
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There's a saying that Shanghainese husbands are some of the best in the world -- they cook, do housework, carry your bags when shopping, and love to brag about their wives. Could they be the next poster guys for great Asian men -- or could the reasons behind their greatness come across as emasculating?
Shanghainese husbands are supposedly some of the best in the world. But how should we feel about this when the reasons could come across as emasculating?
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Have you ever heard "you'll have a hard life" about your interracial relationship?
Loving versus Virginia paved the way for legal interracial marriage in the US, but it sure didn’t stop people from telling you how “tough” it’s going to be.
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Thanks to +china elevatorstories for running my guest post (on a topic that has people already talking)! 
Jocelyn Eikenburg on the reasons her husband sometimes tells strangers who ask that his American wife is a "foreign friend".
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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
Previously
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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  • Marshall University
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