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Laowai's complaint on Chinese wife attracts attention of Weibo fans

An article, whose title is loosely translated into Laowai In Tears Revealing the Aftermath of Marrying a Chinese Wife , has been read by millions of Chinese Weibo fans and remains the most talked-about topic on Weibo. Photo:  Steve Zhao/Sino-US.com

Weibo-sphere is abuzz with a new post titled Laowai In Tears Revealing the Aftermath of Marrying a Chinese Wife which, at one time, topped the Hot Topic chart. Opinions differ as to how to look at the complaints of these Laowais, Mandarin slang for foreigners. Although some fans dismissed the article as self-aggrandizing, many seem to be sympathetic and even call on fellow Chinese to conduct introspection.

The article, first posted as a blog at blog.sina.com by a man nicknamed North American Brother Cui, is allegedly written based on his interviews of many foreigners with Chinese wives. It has been forwarded not only by individual Weibo fans, but by many media’s official Weibo as well. Within one day since its debut, it has gathered over 3 million responses.

The so-called ‘aftermath’ of marrying a Chinese woman, is categorized into six categories in the article. First, your home ends up invaded by your wife’s family; second, no privacy; third, furniture and appliances are turned into decorations -- lookable but not touchable; fourth, have to tolerate the Chinese diet which includes everything; fifth, will be remolded by your Chinese wife into a yes-man; sixth, your children will end up suffering due to your wife’s high expectations.

The combination of humorously satirical narration, shrewd observation and clever adaptations of Chinese idioms makes this Chinese-bashing article highly readable. Articles like this that denounces China or any China-related issues are more often than not either cold-shouldered or condemned by the Chinese. But not this time. Most of the Weibo fans said they had a good laugh reading it. And many expressed their disbelief that they actually finished reading the entire article despite its lengthiness.

Of the two camps of views, the “pro” camp clearly out-numbers the “against” camp. In their comments, some offered their advices; some told jokes based on it; some even listed their own experience to back up the article’s claim.

@ Auspicious Ning Gege: Agreed. It also happens when a Chinese marries someone from another place in China. The relatives will come running.

@ Huishao’s Redemption: Even the Chinese can’t stand it, let alone the foreigners!

@Future Jobs: One of my American friends has divorced his Chinese wife for over a year now. But he still issues similar complaints about his ex every time we meet.

@Alissa8811: How funny! It’s true that the Chinese will invade the house! My mum and my niece have been living with me and my husband for over ten years. … My husband is almost driven mad by my mum! It’s really not easy!

@ Cici likes Diaowawa: Chinese women are like this. We have different culture and tradition. For sure we are different from the foreigners. But the point is no matter who you marry, you have to put up with each other. The degree of your tolerance is measured by the depth of your love.

@ Zhouzheng from Hulunbuir grassland: Once you are used to it, it will be fine.

@Alvin1q82: Now I know why China’s only mariner and explore is a eunuch.

In contrast, some fans were very critical. Many are not sold on its authenticity, suspecting that it is not actually based on interviews but rather the writer's own opinion.

@ Ah North River: Another badly written article by the Chinese themselves, using the foreigners as a banner to curry favor from the readers!

@ Lixiaojin at China Everbright International Travel Service: It’s just a complaint caused by cultural difference. Nothing more.


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