Planet China

Meet the parents

In a country as big as China many extraordinary things occur. This one was first reported by a CCTV programme called Legal Lectures and has gone viral since late last month. It involves Guo Xiu and her boyfriend Wang Youzhi who were preparing for their wedding until thing unravelled when their parents met for the first time. Guo’s father instantly recognised that his future daughter-in-law’s mother was his former lover. Worse, Wang also looked uncannily like him. Guo senior secretly did a paternity test and confirmed that Wang was indeed his son. He forbade Guo Xiu to marry her brother. But the distraught lovers did a second set of tests, only to discover that they were not siblings. So what happened? Decades earlier Guo senior was preparing to marry his pregnant girlfriend (Mrs Wang) but he was called back to his hometown by a sudden emergency. His girlfriend thought he had deserted her. So another husband was swiftly found, and she made him believe that the baby (Wang Youzhi) was his son. Meanwhile, Guo married a different woman, and in her case she had repeated miscarriages. Finally she secretly adopted a baby girl (aka Guo Xiu) and told Guo she was his natural daughter. When it became clear the pair were not related, both families agreed to put ex-romances aside and let the marriage go ahead.

The story has been widely commented on online, with one blogger noting “there must be some special fate to make them become a family”, and another adding for Guo it was the real life version of the proverb “Lost a daughter, gained a son”.


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