This is part 2 of a conversation I had with a woman called L who is working at a massage parlour. Click here if you’ve missed part 1 (“How come you married so young?”). Stay tuned for part 3 (“Do people in Austria have their eyes made bigger?).
After talking about marriage, L goes on:
“Did you come here with your family?”
I: “No, I came to China on my own.”
She: “Wow, that’s brave! Where is your husband from?”
I: “He’s from Northeast China.”
She: “Are your parents in-law living with you now?”
I: “No, they still live in Northeast China.”
She: “You know, in China we have a tradition of respecting the parents. It means that after we get married we’ll live with the parents of our husband.”
I: “I know. They live in a small city and they like it there. I don’t think Shenzhen would be a good city for them to live in. The pace here is too fast.”
She: “You should get kids soon. Do you think they would look more like you or more like your husband?”
I: “I really don’t know. I guess there would be something of both of us in them.”
Have you ever had a similar conversation? I’d love to read your comments.