A foreign bridegroom holds a Chinese wedding in Ganzhou, Jiangxi Province. Photo: VCG
(Global Times) Cross-culture love with a Chinese could be romantic. Different cultures and backgrounds are shared between lovers. When you are planning to talk about marriage, however, pure, simple love could become more complex. Getting married means you're going to become a family member of your Chinese partner. And the first step you have to face is being accepted by their family. If you feel nervous and have no ideas about how to deal with your Chinese in-laws, here are some tips for you.
Language is the key point for you when it is time to meet with Chinese in-laws. When it comes to the big moment - meeting with parents, fluency can help you break the ice much easier and win parents over. Even when you encounter interference from the parents, it can help with communication. To Jocelyn Eikenburg, an American writer and blogger from Ohio, US, language could be the panacea to break negative stereotypes towards foreigners. In an email interview with Metropolitan, Eikenburg shared her experiences with us. "While I wouldn't say that all Chinese parents necessarily have negative stereotypes about foreigners, some do. If you can communicate with them, that goes a long way in winning over parents," said Eikenburg.