Malay Man Embraces Chinese Wife's Culture By Marrying Her In Traditional Chinese Wedding
Love knows no bounds and certainly no culture, as this Malay-Chinese couple will prove to you
In a heartwarming video by Sin Chew Sarawak, a Malay-Chinese couple held a traditional Chinese wedding on Monday, 17 October. It was held in Miri, Sarawak, where the bride, 29-year-old Chen Yanxin, is from.
The groom, 29-year-old Mohd Amin who is from Rawang, Selangor, pulled out all the stops during the ceremony by arriving at the bride's house at 7am in a wedding limousine, accompanied by a lion dance and a flower bouquet in hand. He was also pictured arriving in traditional Chinese wedding attire, looking very dapper.
His brothers were also reported to be present at the wedding, where they too were seen wearing traditional Chinese clothes.
Chen is the eldest daughter in her family and is reported to be a successful individual who works at a hospital laboratory in West Malaysia, while Mohd Amin has a business background with his family.
Upon his arrival, Mohd Amin proved that he would fit into his bride's Chinese family just fine as he partook in several Chinese wedding games and activities with ease
The ceremony proceeded with the bride and groom going through the customary Chinese wedding programmes such as participating in wedding games and partaking in the tea ceremony, where Mohd Amin was pictured presenting tea to his in-laws and addressing them as 'mother' and 'father' in Mandarin.
The video also captured the groom serenading his bride with a famous Teresa Teng song, 'The Moon Represents My Heart' and calling out, 'My wife! I love you!' in Mandarin.
Mohd Amin told reporters that he met his bride at a gym where they both practised martial arts and trained in the same room
While Mohd Amin practised jiu-jitsu, Chen was involved in the art of Muay Thai fighting. Sparks flew from there and the rest was history.
However, the couple was met with some pushback from Chen's mother due to their differences in race and culture. It took her three years to finally accept the multi-cultural couple's relationship.
Chen's mother's acceptance towards their union can be attributed to her changing her mind when she witnessed first-hand Mohd Amin's good character when he came to visit the family in Miri for two weeks.
Chen's father, however, had no issues accepting his daughter's relationship with her Malay partner as he had worked in Brunei before and told reporters that a marriage between a Chinese and Malay individual was not uncommon in the country.
With her parents' consent, the couple tied the knot in an earlier wedding ceremony on 6 August, in Mohd Amin's hometown in West Malaysia. The couple held a traditional Malay wedding ceremony there.
Mohd Amin expressed his interest in learning more about his wife's culture and its customs, and both have a deep respect for each other's heritage
Speaking to reporters, Mohd Amin hopes that people will respect his marriage to his Chinese partner. He does not believe that their differences in race or religion will come in the way of their relationship so long as they love and take care of one another.
He described his wife and in-laws as a harmonious family and feels very fortunate to be accepted.
"We (Malaysians) have learnt that we should be accepting of each other's cultures and heritage. It is best when all the races are united as it will only bring the country together and foster a stronger nation," he said.
Congratulations to the happy couple!