Chris and Rachel Antoun
As an "ABC" (American-born Chinese), Rachel says she attracted considerable attention from men in Taiwan, but romance was low on her list of priorities. More important was "a draw and a pull to a culture that was mine but also foreign."
When she and Chris "met" online, she was completing her degree at James Madison in Harrisonburg. He had just started a job in Richmond. The Facebook friendship led to emails, which led to phone calls, which led to several coffee dates, which led to weekend visits.
About three months after they met, Rachel recalls, she told her mother that "I thought he was the one. She took it really seriously--I had never said anything like that before." Quieter than Rachel, Chris recalls his surprise at how things "kept working out so well." He found her "nice and interesting" on email, "warm and engaging on the phone. At every stage it kept getting better."
Chris's parents divorced when he was very young; he remains close to both, who "are happily remarried." Rachel's parents divorced when she was two. She has no memory of her father, and says she didn't feel his absence growing up.