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My Chinese Marriage

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In "My Chinese Marriage," Mae Franking invites readers on a captivating and eye-opening journey into her life as a young American woman who marries a Chinese man. The book offers a candid and intimate look at the challenges, cultural differences, and joys that come with marrying someone from a different background.

Franking's writing is engaging and insightful, providing valuable perspectives on love, prejudice, and identity. Through her personal experiences, she sheds light on the complexities of intercultural relationships and the importance of understanding and respecting one another's traditions and beliefs.

What makes "My Chinese Marriage" particularly compelling is Franking's ability to blend humor and sincerity in her storytelling. Readers will find themselves laughing at the humorous anecdotes one moment and reflecting on deeper issues of love and acceptance the next.

Overall, "My Chinese Marriage" is a thought-provoking and heartfelt memoir that offers a glimpse into the beauty and challenges of cross-cultural relationships. Franking's honesty and vulnerability make this book a must-read for anyone interested in love, marriage, and cultural diversity.

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Mae Watkins, a University of Michigan student, unexpectedly falls in love with a Chinese international law student in the midst of World War I. Despite the socially unacceptable pairing the couple decide to tie the knot and forge ahead with an unsure future. Mae demonstrates her unique ability to observe and describe a foreign culture after their move to Shanghai. She documents in detail her perceptions of Chinese fashion and food in addition to her knowledge of such controversial customs as foot binding and widow suicide. She offers great compassion for her Chinese family, both current and past. This book was ghost written by Katherine Anne Porter and published in Asia in serialized form in 1920. The original manuscript has been lost, but the serial form was subsequently republished. - Summary by Danielle Cartwright

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