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Friday, June 27, 2008

Chinese Culture and Bicultural/mixed Marriages

A friend of mine, Chinese, is dating a white guy. A concern of her friend may be Chinese Culture. So I was thinking, what does Chinese Culture mean? She's a strong Christian, so her belief of right and wrong is rock solid. And what I see of Chinese Culture after 20 years with my wife is more a traditional way of doing things. Respect your parents, education, and strive to have your kids do great. Subareas are a love of food. What's not to like about this?

Superstitions such as not having a bunch of 4's in your phone number or address can be frustrating. Some of it's common sense like not buying a house at the end of a cul-de-sac (unless you like drunk drivers in your living room - the house diagonal from where I grew up was at the end of a street. The Chinese superstition reason is ghosts go in straight lines). The one of not having a stairway go out straight from your front door can be frustrating (if yes, the ghost thing which you can safeguard with a mirror, but also the luck will flow out of your house). Feng Shui is what this type of knowledge is called. This is a great reference on a lot of the Chinese Culture (slight Cantonese slant) Good Luck Life: The Essential Guide To Chinese American Celebrations And Culture and of course for Chinese Food Fortune Cookie Chronicles - Adventures in the World of Chinese Food by Jennifer Lee

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