Once upon a time, there was an orphaned cowherder. One day he spotted seven fairy sisters skinny-dipping in a lake…The story of Chinese Valentines Day. Continue reading The cowherder and the weaver – the chinese valentines day story
On July 31, 2006 a slightly bitter expat English teacher married a gentle Chinese lass. In the registry office he couldn’t read the form or make the appropriate pledge. Continue reading 104 weeks later
What do I like about China? (other than low taxes, cheap beer, and the availability of fried chicken.) The stories. In a country with 5000 years of recorded history there’s a tale or two to be told. While the Europeans were living in caves, a movie character once memorably said, the Chinese were building cities and sailing the oceans. I mentioned double happiness in a previous post and promised the whole story. Let us look back to the days of the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907 CE). The Tang Dynasty is considered a renaissance of sorts, the golden age of … Continue reading double happiness redux
This is a little something I’m messing around with. Mrs. Stevo spent the afternoon shopping (that’s not much of a shock) and I was short a model. Never being one to shy away from the camera, I stood in her stead. The point of this will become apparent when the project, something really cool, is complete. For now, make do with a stocky, red-tinted Stevo, instead of a petite Asian beauty. The symbol on the door is the Chinese symbol for Double Happiness. It is seen in the homes of newlyweds and used a great deal at Chinese weddings. (There … Continue reading messing about with double happiness
Congratulations, D and E. Captured (not by me, I was performing the service): July 14, 2008. Luckily, I didn’t have to get into giving wedding toasts. Continue reading beautiful bride
You were stunning that day, your eyes and smile sparkling more than the dresses you wore. People say you are more beautiful now than then, glowing after a year of marriage. Continue reading Marriage in China: After one year
Do you remember one year ago? The sweaty train ride, me worried about another bout of near-heat stroke? Arriving late in Changsha? Racing through the streets of a city we didn’t know to a registry office we weren’t sure was open? Do you remember completing the forms and making our promise before the three uniformed women in a dark office? Or me, not being able to recite that pledge, written only in Chinese characters? Do you remember it was 7-7, Chinese Valentines day, unplanned, and a fortuitous omen. It was if the fates had smiled and spread their blessings upon … Continue reading Chinese Weddings: Do you remember?