Katya, 26 and Zhenya, 42. Owners of a greenhouse.
Seven women living in the Far East share their oninions on advantages and disadvantages of being married to a Chinese man.
“Our friends brought us together. He would come to my place, help me with money and bring presents. We’ve been together for about five years. We have two children and I’m taking care of them. Sometimes I help my husband do the work in the field. Now he speaks Russian a bit better but when he came the only word he knew was ‘eat”.
Tatyana, 25 and Kostya, 40. Farmers.
“I was 16 and it was my summer vacation. My friends and me went to work in the field. Kostya was a manager of the farm and asked me to help him with Russian. I agreed, I didn’t know he could woo me because he was older! He watched me for a long time to find out if I had bad habits like smoking or drinking alcohol… At first, my grandmother disapproved of the marriage and said that he needed me just to receive a Russian passport. When Kostya learnt about it he was hurt so we never registered our marriage”.
Vika, 29 and Volodya, 46. Owners of a pig farm.
“I didn’t pay attention at him in the beginning because he didn’t speak Russian and kept following me. When I started teaching him the language, he said that he loved me. We have two daughters and two sons. I am a housewife and he works to provide the family with everything we need. Actually, he’s a completely positive person. Nothing will make him go back to China and he likes it here in Russia”.
Ira, 32 and Vitya, 36. Farmers.
“He had a crash on me at once. But he was afraid of making any steps – he thought I would turn him down because he is Chinese. Then, he just came up and said he wanted to marry me. I didn’t take him seriously at first because he was from a different country and I thought he could go back to China any day. But he keeps proving that he’s a serious, reliable and very kind-hearted person”.
Irina, 26 and Sasha, 28. Owners of a stall selling sports shoes on a local market.
“We met at the market. He impressed me with his push and then I found out that in fact he’s very shy. We got married in China. Our best men and bridesmaids didn’t speak English, not mentioning Russian, at all! When I came, they showed sincere interest in me because they’d never seen Russians even on TV”.