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Forums > Living in Kunming > how is international relationship working out ?

I believe international relationships work just fine, as long as you are in the same country. I have many friends who are in mixed race relationships and the only one that didn't work out, was the one that was mostly online. My friend met his wife while she was in Canada, on business; they hit it off and kept in contact. This turned into a multi-year, online relationship, until he went to the Philippines and married her. Then she went to Canada, at which point she became a different person and the two of them are now miserable together. So, yah that didn't work out so well, but it's a very different situation then living in the same place while dating.

I myself am a Canadian who married a Kunming girl last March and we couldn't be happier. As others have touched on, dealing with the in-laws can sometimes be... challenging and cultural differences make for interestingly contrary points of view at times, but those differences keep things fun. One of my favourite things is introducing my wife to things that China just doesn't do or have and she of course really enjoys showing me new things.

As far as, what the rest of the world thinks... f*ck 'em. It's your life. Live it in a way that makes you happy, or what's the point? In China, I've occasionally come across random (probably single) Chinese dudes who didn't seem to like the fact that I had come over here and "taken" one of "their" girls, but this is generally limited to a nasty look or a few unpleasant words grumbled under their breath. Nothing to get really upset over. As far as the Canadian perspective goes, I really can't imagine running into any worse problems, if any at all. In fact, in Canada, we're not really sure what a foreigner looks like. Well... except for those large groups of like-race people that get off a tour bus together and follow around a person with a flag all day. ;)

So yah, I got a little long winded there, but I guess all I really want to say is, if that's the relationship you want, then go for it. There will be trying times, but it's the same in any relationship.

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I've studied for one semester at Keats and it has been a great experience. The school itself has a cozy, relaxed environment and the staff is extremely friendly. The price is quite reasonable and classes are top notch. I had an excellent teacher, who always made classes interesting, relevant and really fun, which in turn gave me motivation to make it to class. I studied for one semester at a university in Chongqing and the two experiences were as different as night and day. After my semester at the university, I didn't think i'd want to go back to school again, but after giving Keats a shot, I am 100% certain that i want to continue my Mandarin study at this fantastic school. I would recommend Keats to anyone looking for a place to study, whether they are absolute beginners or already quite advanced. I am fully confident that the staff at Keats will be able to put you in a class that is suitable for you, allowing you to attain your goals, whatever they may be.