The problem with a broken mirror is that you can never mend it back. You may put it together again, but the cracks remain. Not matter how much effort you put in, you just can’t bring back its previous spotless reflections.
This is the painful truth behind the Broken Mirror book Seats For Two is currently reviewing.
Interestingly, for a couple lifestyle blog, the story revolves around a controversial relationship between the author and her Chinese husband. And it is not a secret that the SFT couple is a Chinese husband and a Filipino wife as well.
It is far from our story nonetheheless. 🙂
Reflections on the Broken Mirror
Real life marriages are far from the fairy tale love stories we know. Most couples would attest to that. But it’s the challenges and problems that couples go through which usually strengthens the relationship, and together, they come out wiser and stronger.
But it’s not usually the case when one of the party cheats. The distrust brought about by infidelity can be compared to a broken mirror which you never fix back to its original state.
The readers of the book, women and men alike, could easily sympathize with the sufferings of Aurora Teo Mei Ling as the victim of a tragic relationship made worse by the imperfections of the usually pretentious Chinese culture.
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“Broken Mirror” is highly recommended by Seats For Two for its courage in showcasing a taboo topic in most Asian cultures, specially of the more private Oriental culture of the Chinese people. For this alone, Aurora and Coylee Gamboa deserves plaudit.
Here is a brief background of the story:
“Losing here mother at two, Aurora, as a child, was made to feel unwanted and unworthy of love. As a young adult, she mistook lust for love and entered into relationships with men who abused here. Eventually, she married an immigrant from China and strove to be a traditional Chinese wife.“
“In a culture where a woman’s silence in the face of abuse and maltreatment is viewed as a virtue becuase of self-sacrifice and submission.“
Something new, something #old. Wearing my 10 year old #floral coverup/top at the #book launch today. I can’t wait to start reading the #lovestory of a #woman trapped by tradition & bound in a loveless #marriage, the #BrokenMirror, Inside a #Chinese Marriage. Available at @_fullybooked 📷 by @ruthilicious #WomanInDigital #booktography #bookphotography
It would certainly be a controversial chat topic among many Chinese groups in the Philippines, with the book possibly earning negative impressions from the conservatives.
But they are not the intended recipients of the book’s message. As Gamboa reiterated in the media conference held last week, the book desires to share the pains of many women who suffered or secretly suffers the same predicament as Aurora.
In a recent interview with Seats For Two, Gamboa confirmed that the book is also for men and other people even not in a similar unfortunate relationship. The book would make men appreciate better the women in their lives, for sons and daughters to love their moms even more, and for women to understand and support a fellow in such travesty.
A Chinese’ Concern
Lastly, we’d like to express a concern on the book byline “in a Chinese marriage“. We believe that the experiences of Aurora, among which is infidelity, is a universal tragedy that may befall anyone, in any culture.
This is just to say that there are also happy and successful Chinese marriages, lest the public gets the impression that most Chinese marriages are of similar nature.
More photos from the Book Launch: