Clarence Tan’s love story with his wife, Edna Sophia is reminiscent of the young star-crossed lovers of William Shakespeare’s play ‘Romeo and Juliet’, only with a different twist!
In a lengthy Facebook post which has since gone viral (the post garnered 72k reactions and 7.2k comments!!), Clarence details his father’s journey accepting Edna who is of African heritage as his daughter-in-law. When Clarence first introduced Edna to the family, his father strictly objected to the union.
“As you can imagine, dating a black/African woman isn’t always welcomed with open arms in Chinese/Asian culture. And sure enough, when I started dating Edna, I had kick back from my parents- especially from my dad.” Clarence wrote.
Due to his close bond with his father, Clarence was personally affected by his father’s hurtful comments. His father believed that the difference in culture would result in arguments.
To make matters worse, Clarence’s father claimed that their relationship would be “bad for business” especially if he intends to work in Asia. The young couple faced a major obstacle when his father decided not to give his blessings and threatened not to show up at his own son’s wedding.
Nevertheless, Clarence was relentless and refused to give up in his quest to win his father’s approval. He soon devised a plan for his parents to get to know their future daughter-in-law (Bravo, Clarence!).
“I started bringing her home to see my parents every now and then, which was extremely challenging for both Edna and [my] parents (mostly dad). Dad would have this weird look of disapproval while still trying to be polite when greeting her and acknowledging her presence. At the same time, it was unbearable for Edna as she could feel like she wasn’t welcomed, ” he said in an interview with nextshark.com featuring Asian-American and Asian news.
Recollecting his wedding day memories, Clarence said, “After three years of dating, we finally tied the knot with my family’s full support – especially my dad’s. I’ve personally never seen him happier than on my wedding day. He had the widest smile I’ve ever seen when Edna said ‘Daddy, yumm cha’ during the tea ceremony, and he even played saxophone for our mother-and-son dance.”
Clarence is quick to add that “it was difficult but 100% worth- since she’s the one!”.
Congratulations to the newly-wed lovebirds, Clarence and Edna! We wish you a lifetime of happiness and joy!
In the end…
*Featured image sourced from Facebook/Clarence Tan