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Russian women marrying Chinese men in China
Guy from the Layan city of Shandong province married Russian bride Natasha. In the wedding
ceremony they primarily were dressed up in traditional Chinese clothes, and later at the banquet - in
the Western ones. The solemn wedding, distinguished by combination of Chinese and western
styles, has attracted a lot of people.
Near Shulan city of Jilin province (3-hours far from Chang Tung) there is a famous village of Russian
brides - Syhetsun. The fact is that 90% of rural men took foreign girls for wives, most of them
Russians. Beautiful and happy marriages between China and Russia have become a local legend.
Since 1996, the majority of men from the village Syhetsun went to Russia to work. According to the
Syhetsun village Party Secretary Zhao Tszinseng , the village is now home for 650 families, with
more than 2000 people. 700 people are engaged in business in Moscow - reported XinHua Agency.
Russian bride and Chinese bridegroom
Zhao Tszinseng said that each villager engaged in business in Moscow can earn from 50 thousand
up to 1 million yuans. In the family of Zhou Ketsing there are four people there. Before going abroad
the annual income per family member was not reached 1000 yuans. In 1998, Zhou Ketsing's family
moved to Moscow and entered business. Now their annual income reached 400 thousand yuans.
They bought a house and two cars. Now they are engaged in transport operations. According to
incomplete statistics, the farmers who work in Moscow, can earn over 40 million yuan a year.
Residents of the Syhetsun village in Moscow are notable with diligence and reputable. Many of
them have won the love of Russian girls.
Chinese men are attracted to Russian women as they say because "Russian wife does not have a
double bottom." If Russian wife smiles, it means "smiles". If she is angry, it means that she is
actually something unhappy. Chinese wives deeds require of constant exhausting "deciphering" and
"translating" in language understandable to men.
Lee Yingchao and Russian girl fell in love with each other four years ago. Now they are - a husband
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When a Russian girl from city of Komsomolsk-on-Amur was going to Harbin for studying, she could not assume finding her destiny there.
As a beginning, four years ago 25-years-old Marina Kushnarenko decided to study the Chinese language.
In Heyluntszyan State University girl was persuaded to give Russian language lessons to one of the employee. Soon she noticed that her student is not so much interested in Russian verbs, but his pretty
teacher. "Malina", as Chinese friend called the girl, was not going to stay in China, so decided to stop
Newlyweds had celebrated their wedding twice. Both in China and Russia.
the advances fundamentally. But Chzhunven was persistent. When he had told her about his love,
Marina already was fairly speaking Chinese. It's the language young family communicates today.
- He bribed me with his reliability, a serious attitude to life, family - she recalls one year after the
"New dwellers of Harbin"
Settled down in Harbin, Marina had established relationships with compatriots, and after a while
headed the Russian club. In the city with Russian history there is a lot of people from the former
Soviet Union. There are about 200 mixed marriages.
With the help of Russian Club, new dwellers of Harbin from Russia retain connections with the
old-timers - children and grandchildren of immigrants of the first and second waves.
- We want to unite the compatriots - our heroine says. - We make tours on the historic Harbin, lay
flowers to the monument to Soviet soldiers and organize action "St George Ribbon" on the Victory
Day, we put in order the territory of the Holy Iverskiy Temple (General Kappel, associate of
Alexander Kolchak was buried here). And if possible, we make parcels to the Russian prisoners
that are in Chinese prisons...
But now the deals of club are on the second plan. Since four months ago the family has a son Timur
and Marina holds most of the time at home.
Oddly, Chzhunven dreamed of a daughter. In China, the law prohibits making ultrasound and find out
in advance the gender of the child. It is linked to the fact that young couples get rid of unborn girls.
Incidentally, the Chinese one-child policy does not apply to international families, so it is possible
that little Timur will have a brother or sister.
Marina by her own experience convinced that the stories about the caring Chinese fathers - are not
- Here in China, the men have a lot of responsibilities in family. But I am probably more lucky,
Chzhunven has good character - she admits. - He comes from work and washes the diapers, he can
cook dinner or clean the apartment. In short, he does not object to any housework, no problem.
No discords for the food - wife cooks Russian dishes, her husband cooks Chinese.
The interpreter and journalist Jana, Chinese girl accompanied us the visiting, once said how gently
spouses address to each other:
- In our families we do not call the husband "dear, sweet." We call so the children only. But Marina
is producing this so naturally...
The difference of mental experiences has been balanced by common values - they both cherish
family and believe that the most important is understanding and respect. Well, if you have found a
common language in the main point then a different upbringing, skin color and shape of eyes are no
longer relevant, young people feel sure.
When I was going to arise for visit, I called Marina, she, unlike most Russian wives, had not been
objected. Usually our girls go on about the Chinese men, who for some reason do not wish to
advertise the family routine and avoid the journalists. When we met, it became clear that Marina
settles all in the family.
To the question: "Who is the "boss" of the house?" the husband having no reflection points on his
As the interpreter Jana said, in China it is agreed that the current affairs of the family have been
decided by the wife, and serious problems - by both spouses.
It is prestigious to have a Russian wife in the Celestial. And Chzhunven confesses not without the
pride that friends envy him. When spouses walking along with little Timur, passersby look at an
international family with interest and well-dispose, that incidentally, can not be said about the
attitude to Russian-Chinese families in our homeland...
Marina does not cease thought of returning home. This is a sore point for her. But so far, she says it
is not possible. The reason is not the ignorance of her husband the Russian language and
consequently the inevitable problems with the work. Russian wife is afraid to move her Chinese
husband to her motherland, because she is not confident in his safety.
- I will simply be afraid to let a spouse leave the home - the girl says frankly.
Little Timur, as well his mother, has Russian citizenship. In this case it is easier to obtain
documents to travel to Russia, and Marina is going to spend the summer with her parents in the
The difficulties of translation
The walls of the kitchen in three-room apartment, which is bought out from University by Chzhunven,
are decorated with Russian alphabet. It turned out that Marina's mother-in-law began to study
Russian language in order to better understand her daughter in law. Grandmother and grandfather
came here every night to help nurse the grandson.
The son's decision to marry Russian girl caught them as a surprise, but they did not object. Just
wanted to know what she is in the eastern horoscope. And, having learned that the girl was born in
the year of goat, noted with a happy: "Goat and Cat is a good union." Now the parents are helping
her to get along with life in a foreign country and of course, respect her for having learned their
According to our heroine, she has not a traditional Chinese family. In the China it is agreed that all
major decisions concerning the child are taken by grandmother (husband's mother). But Marina as
soon as learned that she was pregnant immediately placed on all the dots above "i". She told
relatives that she herself will care about a child.
Chinese women are with children up to three months, after this the child is given to nurse or
grandmother. Marina decided not to rush to work, the salary of her husband provides the family of
the average standard of living.
- We are well fed, everything is cheap here, and what is most important we can afford to fly to
Russia and to rest in the Chinese resorts - the girl says.
In her prospect there is the trip to home, meeting with relatives. Chzhunven with his visa will be able
to stay with Russian kinsfolks not longer than two weeks. Then he will come back to Harbin to be
waiting for his Malina...
Anna Hamatova, professor, director of the Institute of East of FESU:
- The Chinese are getting married foreign dirls (not only Russian women) primarily because of the
country's one-child policy, at the same time the international family can have two or more children.
In addition, in the country there is artificially created situation where men prevail over the women. So
there are the problems in the Chinese population, in other words, our neighbors do not have enough
their own brides.
There is another feature there. The Chineses are educated in a spirit of teamwork, opposed to, say
so, personalizators - the Americans, that is why there is the cult of the family in China. The man,
based on the canons of Confucianism, is obliged to take care of his wife and children, that is in our
understanding a reliable man's shoulder... We have many girls students, which having a period of
trial in China, entered into marriages with Chinese men. Another issue - whether the girls can stay
in this country forever?
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Chinese husbands welcomed in Russia
Chinese husbands welcomed in Russia
By Li Qian (Chinadaily.com.cn)
Updated: 2006-08-07 17:21
Recently Russian women are looking to marry Chinese men because of their trustworthiness and romanticism, Chinanews.com reported Monday.
"Can you introduce some nice Chinese guys to me?" 25-year-old Russian Nadya asked her Chinese boss Zhao Hong, chairwoman of the local Chinese Association in Russia's fifth largest city Krasnoyarsk, who often receives such requests.
Among the more than one hundred Chinese families Zhao knows in the city, there are at least five Russian women married to men who work as businessmen, planters, or teachers at a national university.
Chinese migrant to Russia Ge Youjin and his Russian wife Tatiana had their third child recently. Tatiana said her husband is responsible. "He cherishes our love and doesn't drink or spend a lot," she said.
Ge too admires his wife. "She is hardworking and considerate like other Russian women, and she takes care of the family well."
Tatiana has a decent job, and cooks Northeast Chinese cuisine, which makes her husband feel at home. Tatiana now favors rice as a staple food, instead of Russian black bread.
Guo Jinchang, who has worked in a local farm for a dozen years, noticed some of his Chinese friends married Russian wives. "Chinese are comparatively conservative, which can add to their characteristic charms," he said.
Because of World War II, the population of men in Russia has been smaller than that of women, with 47 percent male and 53 percent female, according to figures from the Russian Federation Committee of Statistics.
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Marriages between Russian women and American men are very successful and harmonious, Olga Makhovskaya, the senior research assistant at the Psychology Institute in Russia's Academy of Sciences says. When an American man switches from the model of American family where husband and wife are partners equal in rights to the model of an Orthodox family, he thus raises his own significance. In Orthodox families men are given more authority and are more respected. It is certainly an advantage for a man and raises his social and psychological status. In a word, American men seem to have tired of the feminism propagated by American women, and it is frequent that they seek Russian women to start families.
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Russian wives in America give up the traditional model of the Russian Orthodox family which relieves them of a heavy burden of responsibility and gives a chance to have a normal life in a family where the range of responsibilities is more definite for them: children, family affairs and housekeeping. At that, Russian women enjoy more attention and support from husbands.
As psychologists say, now Russian men undervalue the essence of family. The whole of the burden, housekeeping, upbringing of children, earning of money are shifted onto women. And, at the time when Russian women have so much responsibilities, their husbands spend their time dozing in front of TV sets in desperate attempts to find out the meaning of life and to understand the truth of the universe. They merely disregard everyday problems that are essential for their families as they consider the above mentioned idle thinking to be of higher importance.
That is why, as Olga Makhovskaya thinks relations in families between Russian and American partners are more harmonious. Each party gets what it wants to have. Husbands get authority and status, and wives are given, in exchange, peace in family and well-being. "Families of this kind where husbands are Americans and women are Russians prove to be long-living, as the roles in the family are clearly distributed and the mechanism operates good, although these are mixed families. In such families each of the couple is ready to make concessions and on the whole, wonderfully performs the role."
In addition, as researches held by Olga Makhovskaya reveal, marriages between Chinese men and Russian women are also very successful. “There are tens of thousands of such marriages in Russia's Primorye region in the Far East. Chinese men are hard-working, they don't abuse in alcohol drinking and bring their wages home. In a word, they have lots of advantages by contrast with Russian men." It is sad, but the researches don't mention for whom Russian men suit wonderfully.
The Tatarstan Izvestia newspaper
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So you fellow 'Mericans and Canucks gonna go hunting for Russian hotties in the Rodina?
Better get some Rosetta Stone Russian language lessons in before hopping on a plane
BTW, this has been going on for decades and has gotten more widespread since the economic opening of China.
Willem Van Kemanade wrote about this as far back as '97
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so did slate in a series of articles on the China-Russian border relationship. in other words, white males have noticed this "anomaly" since back then. funny how they are so concerned about AM/xF pairings in certain parts of the world as if it is a weird quirk of nature.
Originally Posted by Koxinga
In the first post in the first two pictures the girl looks about 8...lol
Otherwise...cool posts. Good to see some acceptance from the Chinese family! I am part Russian by ancestry...so maybe I have some hope?!