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Mixed Blessings
Produced by: Sarah Passmore
Elsie Tu came to Hong Kong from Britain in the 1950s as a married missionary. She fell in love with one of her Chinese converts, controversially divorced her husband and married her Chinese love. She later became a very vocal activist in Hong Kong politics, and wrote a book about her relationship called "Shouting at the Mountain". In Mixed Blessings, Producers Sarah Passmore and Clarence Yang from Radio Television Hong Kong compare Elsie's experiences with modern East/West relationships, and they take a look at why, in the 21st century, Asian men marrying Western women is still relatively rare. This program airs as part of our special international collaboration, Global Perspectives: Romance Series.

Program Credits

Mixed Blessings was produced by Sarah Passmore and Clarence Yang of Radio Hong Kong. It originally aired as part of the special series, Global Perspectives on Romance.

Resources

Links:
Why Are So Few Asian Men With White Women?
A youthful and funny perspective on why there are so many Western male-Asian female relationships and not vice versa.

Elsie Tu Digital Collection
Hong Kong Baptist University has a collection of some of Tu's speeches and Publications.

Books:
How to Date a White Woman: A Practical Guide for Asian Men
by: Adam Quan 2002
An Asian man shares his tips for interracial dating.

Shouting at the Mountain : A Hong Kong Story of Love and Commitment
by: Elsie Tu, Andrew Tu 2005
Though Tu was married to William Elliott, an English missionary, and followed him to China, she was not fulfilled by the missionary's strict objectives. Elsie's desire for Public Service in her new environment separated her from her husband and into the arms of Andrew Tu, a Hong Kong native. This book chronicles their love and dedication to the underpriviledged.

Colonial Hong Kong in the Eyes of Elsie Tu
by: Elsie Tu 2003
Tu expresses her views about the injustices in the past colonial system and her fears about present day economic colonialism.

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