Most of the bloggers listed in the blogroll on your right are people I’ve never met in the flesh. We’ve never hugged or shared a cup of coffee. And yet, through our blogs, we know each other pretty well. And we care about each other, I think.
So yes, I’m going to say that my blogger friends are real friends.
That’s why I have to make a confession. Until a few weeks ago, I’ve neglected to put together a blogroll, one of the basic ways bloggers support each other. I should have done it a long time ago.
Today in an attempt to make up for past negligence, I’d like to tell you a little bit about some of my blogging friends, beginning with the “Asian Connections.”
In 2013 when I started my blog, I was looking forward to the publication of my novel Tiger Tail Soup the following year. And since the novel’s story takes place in China, I wanted to get acquainted with other bloggers with a China connection. By a stroke of luck, the first person I found was Jocelyn Eikenburg, who writes Speaking of China.
Jocelyn is at the center of a large group of Western women with Asian connections. Many of them live in China and are dating or married to Chinese men. She calls them AMWF (Asian men white female) couples.
Finding and following those AMWF bloggers was real eye opener for me. My Chinese husband and I did know other interracial couples during our thirty-year marriage. But in most case I can think of, the man had left his home country before he found his Western bride. The idea of single women moving to China and finding Chinese husbands there was inconceivable because for many years, China was locked away behind the Bamboo Curtain.
Times definitely have changed. One example of the change is Marta (Marta lives in China). Marta moved to China from Spain in 2006 thinking she wouldn’t stay very long. Eleven years later, she’s still there, working as a translator and tester for a mobile games publisher. She and her Chinese husband live in Suzhou with their “chubby” golden retriever. Marta and C got married this past May. In this post, she shares wedding pictures and tells all about their Chinese wedding.
Timo (Crazy Chinese Family) is one of only three men on my Asian Connections list. He and his beautiful Chinese wife live in Germany, but they met when they were living in Finland. One of Timo’s favorite subjects is the antics of his in-laws, especially his mother-in-law. (I assume she doesn’t read his blog. At least I hope she doesn’t.) Since the birth of his son and, more recently, his daughter, the in-law’s antics have to share space with news about the kids.
Constance, who writes Foreign Sanctuary, is from a small town in Canada. In 1999 she moved to Taiwan, where she now lives with her Chinese husband and their toddler. Constance is writing a memoir. And she’s a fantastic photographer. Here’s a small sample.
I’d like to tell you more about the blogs I follow, but that will have to wait for a future post. In the meantime, feel free to click on anything in my blogroll that strikes you as interesting and follow the link.