Ann Arbor Observer cover
Volunteers for Operation Facemask at work on Spring Street, community action in a crisis
Ann Arbor Weather:
Friday April 03, 2020
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed
drawing of a map of Michigan and China with connecting hearts

There and Back Again

For a Chinese couple, all roads led home.

by Tim Athan

From the February, 2020 issue

Jiaqi traveled halfway around the world to pursue a master's degree in biostatistics at the U-M. Xuzhou travelled just as far to pursue a PhD in mechanical engineering. (We're not using their last names to preserve some privacy.) They met in a North Campus library, discovered they were both new arrivals from China, and soon fell in love.

China is big, so they were astonished to discover that they were from the same city, Taiyuan, in northern Shanxi province. Taiyuan has more than four million people, so it was even more astonishing when they discovered they had attended the same high school and graduated in the same class.

They now plan to marry, so over winter break they returned to Taiyuan to meet each other's families. Getting everyone together wasn't hard: It turns out they grew up just five blocks apart. "It's cute!" Xuzhou says. "It's romantic!"     (end of article)

[Originally published in February, 2020.]


Bookmark and Share
Print Comment E-mail

You might also like:

Restaurants with Military Discount
A clickable zoomable map
Health Care - Health Care Clinics
WCC Millage
The community college seeks a renewal.
James Leonard
Hands-On Help
A flood in the Midwest helped LimnoTech find its charitable purpose.
Cynthia Furlong Reynolds
"This has not been done since 1918," says quarantine expert Howard Markel.
Jan Schlain
Comedy, Storytelling, & Performance Art
Social Services and Support Groups
Photo: University of Michigan Credit Union Donation
Crime Map
A clickable, zoomable map
Fast Food in Dexter
FIX, REPLACE, INSTALL garage doors
Pioneer theater
FIX, REPLACE, INSTALL garage doors