By Susan Blumberg-Kason
A beautiful memoir of an intercultural marriage long past wrong
When Susan, a shy Midwesterner in love with chinese language tradition, all started graduate institution in Hong Kong, she quick fell for Cai, the chinese language guy of her desires. As they exchanged vows, Susan inspiration she'd stumbled into an unique fairy story, until eventually she learned Cai—and his culture—where now not what she thought.
In her riveting memoir, Susan recounts her fight to be the fitting conventional "Chinese" spouse to her more and more controlling and abusive husband. With prepared perception and heart-wrenching candor, she confronts the hopes and dangers of intercultural marriage, together with pushing aside her personal values and wishes to save lots of her courting and safeguard her infant son, Jake. but if Cai threatens to take Jake again to China for strong, Susan needs to locate the braveness to face up for herself, her son, and her future.
Moving among rural China and the bustling towns of Hong Kong and San Francisco, stable chinese language spouse is an eye-opening examine marriage and relations in modern China and the US and an inspiring testomony to the resilience of a mother's love—across any border.
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36 Merchant culture evolved within the context of elite attempts to adjust education to meet the diversified needs of people living in a changing society and economy while still retaining the basic structure of agrarian society. Although part of the elite response constrained the development of a realistic merchant culture, other aspects supported it. book Page 35 Thursday, October 25, 2001 11:43 AM t h e lat e i mp e r i a l wor l d 35 the growing complexity of social structure. d. 37 Indeed, changes propelled by economic expansion and development during the late Tang-Song and continuing through the late imperial period led to the development of a broader and less formal social and cultural orthodoxy separate from the official orthodoxy of the government and the conservative elite.
This notion set an important precedent for the authors of the merchant manuals. In addition to advocating a kind of equality among all people and seeking to adjust Confucian teachings to the needs of the subordinate classes, the Taizhou school also reached out to nonelite people by establishing private academies and sponsoring large public lectures and discussions. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of nonelite people attended these events, and the teachings of this school spread widely. Perhaps because of this success, state authorities banned these teachings and dissolved the academies, after which the influence of the school waned.
Population growth was a much larger force than the government in merchant life and helped shape the culture of the mid-level merchant. Between 1700 and 1850, the population of China rose from approximately 150 million to roughly 430 million, for reasons that remain somewhat unclear. The introduction of New World food crops, such as the sweet and Irish potato, the peanut, and maize in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, and the long years of peace ushered in by the Manchus after 1683 undoubtedly contributed significantly to this great demographic change.