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Wedding in Yangshuo: a Memoir Love, Language, and the Journey of a Lifetime to the Heart of China

Once upon a time at Wake Robin Farm in Oregon, I was miraculously pregnant with our first child.

That same summer, on the Li River in Southern China, a pretty woman exactly my age was also expecting. She and her husband were both artists.

Our child, born in August, was a son. Theirs, born in October, a daughter.

Twenty-two years later these children, now grown, would meet in Beijing.

The girl from Yangshuo had been studying English.

Our son, traveling with a university program, was rapidly become proficient in both Mandarin and Cantonese.

These two could talk to each other. They could fall in love. And did.

This is their story.

And ours.

Everything in this book actually happened, even the lovely, fateful coincidences.

Especially those........

Advanced praise for WEDDING IN YANGSHUO


In this warm and charming memoir, Linda Crew, the accomplished author of the award-winning Children of the River, sweeps the reader along on a winding East-West love story past high, humbling barriers of custom, culture, and continent, while vividly recreating the daunting enterprise of cross-cultural wedding planning in China’s most scenic city. Wedding in Yangshuo is a fascinating account, charted along the course of the surprising, serendipitous river of life, and Linda Crew proves a more than gifted guide….
Walter Smith, ESL, Language Arts Providence, RI.

Wedding in Yangshuo is lovely and large-hearted and funny and happy and full of real life being lived by real people….
Theresa Nelson, The Year We Sailed the Sun.

Told with a compelling balance of love, humor, wonder, and even fear, Wedding in Yangshuo pulled me in from page one. This story of a couple traveling to attend their son's wedding in China—quintessential strangers in a strange land—had me tearing up one minute and laughing out loud the next at the cultural differences and oddly, the cultural similarities. A heartfelt memoir to remind us of the power of motherly love, for which there is no cultural divide….
Randall Platt, The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die.