Pub’d on WWAMBam: How 4 Western Women Experience Birth with their Chinese Husbands

I’ve written another article elsewhere on the web.

Zoe and I are still working on establishing a routine that will give me the time to devote to updating the blog.

I compiled four WWAM birthing experiences, including my own. Some of the ladies gave birth in China, one in the UK and my experience took place in the U.S. We talk about 坐月子, the Chinese tradition of postpartum confinement.

There were quite a few unrelated WWAM experiences I had during my pregnancy and labor and delivery so there will be another post on this blog about that (I know I said I won’t turn into a mommy blogger and such posts will be limited).


I also know I’ve touted the collective WWAMBam! blog numerous times here, but if you haven’t checked it out yet, head over there to read an array of WWAM content from Western Women married to Asian Men. Most still live in China (I believe there’s a new contributer who lives in S. Korea with her S. Korean husband).

It’s inspiring that such a collective exists, where not only group posts get many people contributing their stories, but the original contributers provide support for those of us less WordPress savvy bloggers (yes, that’s me!) as well as edit posts. Can’t complain about the chance to have another set of eyes glancing over my work.

I’m fairly smitten with the birthing experience I had and really look forward to hearing from you, my readers either here or on the WWAMBam! post.

Thank you, as always, for stopping by,



Say hello to Zoe Zhang. Born 12:12 a.m. May 21. 8 lbs 3 oz. 21 inches. 

I’ll eventually be writing details about the natural hospital birth experience. I wasn’t regularly posting prior to Baby so I’m not going to make any more promises about when this blog will be regularly updated. I also don’t want this blog to turn into a mommy one so stay patient while I figure out “motherhood” and keep checking back. 

Cheers, Mommy Zhang 


Our pre-wedding photo pub’d on WWAM Bam

Jocelyn of Speaking of China put together a rather exquisite post of Photos of WWAM couples who got married. It’s amazing how many Western women marry Asian men and you’ll surely find some new ladies captured in marital bliss in the article.

Most are pre-wedding photos, a popular tradition in Asia where couples go to photo studios, dress up in formal attire so pictures of the bride and grrom can then be displayed at the wedding ceremony. Read all about our low-key pre-wedding photo shoot.

If you check out Jocelyn’s article, try to avoid self-promoting your photography business as that completely misses the point of the post…I’ll let you decipher that message all on your own 😄

Snapshot Sundays

A sneak peek of some shots a coworker took of us last Sunday at Bismarck’s Art Alley and Keelboat Park overlooking the Missouri River. Photos at the park feature the Old Railroad Bridge looming in the background. Art alley in downtown Bismarck showcases local artists and art students’ paintings of the brick wall facade with a variety of murals. The coworker, a photographer at the paper, plans to take a few more photographs in other iconic places around town before Baby Z arrives. These were taken around dusk so I didn’t include any taken at the state Capitol grounds, when night began enveloping us. The state Capitol houses Bismarck’s “skyscraper,” the tallest building in town.

See you all next Sunday for a post more aligned to the cultural side of this blog.

What’s in a name?

It’s all at stake when choosing a name for your soon-to-be child. The stakes are doubled when bringing two cultures into the mix. In our case, quadrupled because we’re tasked with finding names for both genders. No one to blame but my stubborn self for not wanting to know…there’s not enough surprises left in life, at least that’s what I keep telling myself.

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