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European-Chinese Couples: Jiří and A Qin

Intercultural couple A-Qing from Guangxi, China and Jiri from the Czech Republic, along with their son.

Intercultural couple A-Qing from Guangxi, China and Jiri from the Czech Republic, along with their son.

Jiří, from the Czech Republic, and A Qin, from Guangxi province of China, are both painters living in the new art community of Songzhuang, Beijing. They sat next to each other in art school, and one fateful Chinese New Year in A Qin’s hometown, their two worlds became one. In fluent Chinese, Jiří talks about how his child and wife has helped challenged his previous concept of freedom. Their love is not a typical love story.

I think one of the requirements for an intercultural relationship to work out over the long term is their desire to immerse themselves into each other’s culture. Jiří and A Qin are a great example of this. But they are different in their approach to love, as recluse artists they see it more as a partnership above all else.

Jiri's live painting session.
Jiri’s live painting session
Lunch time in Tongzhou with A Qin
Lunch time in Tongzhou with A Qin.

This is part of a series of short documentary films about real-life European-Chinese couples conceived and produced for the Delegation of the European Union to China. View the other featured short films below:

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Written by Jason Lee Wong

Jason Lee Wong is an American born Chinese filmmaker from California. He has works for ten years as a cinematographer in feature films, documentary, television, and commercials. EU-China Love Links is his directorial debut.

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