China Once, China Twice

What I had never planned to do

A Chinese Wedding Scrap-Book April 17, 2012

Married on 5/10/2011

To understand why I used print media to create a Chinese Wedding scrap-book that I mailed to China, is explained in short chapter blog posts.

This post ties them together, the reader has all thirteen links in sequence.  It is a 100 page scrap-book scanned in, but it’s also a rather romantic non-fiction story.

I’m happy to report that the two main characters, Sam and Daisy, will once again be landing on US soil in late May of 2012.  It will be Daisy’s second visit to the USA.

 

Why a scrap-book?

Chapter 1 – Welcome to New Jersey

Chapter 2 – Doylestown, PA

Chapter 3 – Qingdao

Chapter 4 – Qingdao Dinner Celebration

Chapter 5 – Mother’s Day in Wuhan

Chapter 6 – Wedding Day Begins

Chapter 7 – Wedding Ceremony Begins

Chapter 8 – More on the Wedding Ceremony

Chapter 9 – Wedding Cake and Guests

Chapter 10 – The Day Continues

Chapter 11 – Our Evening Meal

Chapter 12 – Culture and Romance

 

The Scrap-Book For China, Chapter 10, The Day Continues January 29, 2012

Six scanned in scrap-book pages will briefly show you where we rested, and then visited the home where Daisy grew up.

From the USA, six guests attended the wedding.  Myself, Sam’s father, and from Texas his aunt, uncle and two cousins were there.

Jeff was born in the USA, his parents were born in China.  He grew up on the west coast, and spoke Mandarin at home.  Today, Jeff lives in China.

A very comfortable place to rest

Some were more tired than others

It was an hour ride from our hotel to the wedding

Daisy and Sam, with their cousins Carolyn and Laura

The warm slippers, I thought, were the best gifts

Not sure he will actually use this

 

The Scrap-Book for China, Chapter 6, The Wedding Day Begins January 25, 2012

The entire scrap-book has 100 pages.  My intent is to share with others a Chinese wedding.  If you live in the USA, do not expect the same wedding traditions.

The next 5 scanned in scrap-book pages is the beginning of their wedding day.  I was not physically there.  These photographs are from the professional photographer, I created the scrap-book pages.

Please honor and respect, both copyright concerns and cultural differences.

May 10, 2011

Time to pick up his bride

Daisy is ready and waiting

Out they go and into the car

Off they go to their wedding ceremony

 

The Scrap-Book For China, Chapter 5, Mother’s Day In Wuhan January 24, 2012

My first trip to China in 2008 was planned around Mother’s Day.  I was with my son in Qingdao when the earthquake struck.  You can read more on that here.

Now in 2011 Daisy, Sam, his father and I were in Qingdao on Mother’s Day.  Together we flew that day to Wuhan and met Daisy’s family.

Here are the scrap-book pages scanned in that I chose to mark that special day.

The glass elevator & ceiling in the Howard Johnson 5 star hotel

Their wedding invitation

Two mothers and two kids

We were all together on Mother's Day (typo error in scrap-book, it was 2011)

 

The Scrap-Book For China, Chapter 3, Qingdao January 19, 2012

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I flew into Shanghai, and spent one night at an airport hotel to get over jet lag.  The next morning I caught a flight to Qingdao where Sam and Daisy live.  They own a home on the 13th floor of a highrise building.

In this series of scanned in scrap-book pages, you can see a bit of Qingdao.  You can see other parts I have written about, starting here.  Their home looks out on Mt. Laoshan, and that is a school at the bottom of the mountain view photo.  They don’t own a car, cabs are plentiful and inexpensive.  You will meet their two dogs, the big shaggy one is GuaiGuai and the other is Gino.  They are lively!

Qingdao is the home brewery for Tsingtao beer.  Qingdao and Tsingtao are homophones, words that sound the same (pronounced as Chin Dow), but are spelled and have different meanings.

GuaiGuai

GuaiGuai and Gino

 

The Scrap-Book For China, Chapter 2, Doylestown PA January 17, 2012

Two weeks before their planned visit to the USA, Sam contacted me. He announced that he and Daisy were engaged.  Their wedding date was set for  May 10, 2011, the ceremony would be held in Wuhan, China where Daisy grew up.

The next series of scanned in scrap-book pages are from Doylestown, PA.  A dinner had already been planned for their visit.  It quickly was changed into an engagement dinner.

A big thank you goes to Deb Fallows, author of Dreaming In Chinese, for the banner you will see in this chapter.   She found me an appropriate Chinese engagement phrase to use and translated it.  I did a lot of “copy and paste.”

A Chinese phrase to honor the newly engaged couple

 

The Scrap-Book for China, Chapter 1, New Jersey January 7, 2012

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The scanned in pages of the scrap-book are fairly self-explanatory.

Of interest, though, is the first meal Daisy had in the USA.  It was at an Italian restaurant where the menu had no pictures.  In China, menus do have pictures so foreigners simply point to order their meal.

This was Daisy’s first trip to the USA.  She is fluent, able to both read and speak our English language.  The real humor came when we were leaving the restaurant.  Outside, the owner of another restaurant was speaking Mandarin on his cell phone.  Only Daisy understood what he was saying.

Stay tuned in for Chapter 2.