Traditional wedding ceremonies are an everyday event in China, with the vast majority scarcely rating a mention in the national news headlines. Yet, a recent marriage in Sichuan province attracted huge media fanfare thanks to its high-profile foreign bride and fairytale script. West China Metropolis Daily had this report on the Sichuan bartender who wooed his uptown London girl, who was also the star of a Chinese television program.
After completing his junior high school education, Yang Tan left his hometown and worked as a bartender in Xiamen, Fujian province in 2012. At that time, Jodie Cooper, his future sweetheart was invited to sing there as a guest singer. ‘I was very attentive to her singing,’ said Yang. ‘When she walked by me at the end of the performance, I often greeted her with a smiling face or a grimace.’
The newlyweb and Yang’s mother.
The smitten Yang eventually summoned his courage and asked for her WeChat account (not always known for delivering true love). As the two began communicating with each other, their romance flourished, with the aid of translation software to overcome their language barrier.
Their relationship was taken to the next level in February, when Yang proposed to Jodie on Valentine’s Day with a ring that had cost him half a year’s savings. Yang told reporters: ‘I didn’t really except she would agree as I had planned our life ahead.’
Jodie performs at the Chinese Idol.
It is reported that Jodie graduated from the school of Music at London University. She came to China as a professional singer in 2012, where she competed in Chinese Idol Season 2, a reality TV series, and became a star.
Watch her performance at Chinese Idol here:
By Lucy Liu
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