The truly inspiring tale of two families who stepped up to the challenges and positives of their remarkable cross cultural life.
This is the poignant true story of twin sisters, Mia and Alexandra born in China, and found as babies in a cardboard box in 2003. Chinese officials denied they were twins and the girls were adopted by two separate sets of parents – one from California, the other from a remote fishing village in Norway.
It was a chance sighting at the orphanage that raised the families’ suspicions that their daughters were in fact, twins. They kept in touch until a DNA test was performed which proved their hunch had been right. Both girls grew up knowing they had an identical twin living on the other side of the world.
In the US, Mia is a typical all-American girl, with a bustling life filled with violin lessons, girl scouts and soccer. Alexandra grows up close to nature in the quietude of the breathtakingly beautiful but isolated village of Fresvik, Norway.
The is the documentary of Mia and Alexandra’s parallel journey. They keep in touch with letters, photographs, gifts and phone calls. They meet in person in Norway when they are eight years old. Despite living completely different lives and speaking different languages, they are mirrors of each other. The magical bond between Mia and Alexandra is matched by the extraordinary efforts of their parents and siblings to maintain this twin bond across their very different cultures and worlds.
For groom Neil McElwee and his bride Yanan Sun, their white wedding was to be their best day ever.
Chinese-born Yanan Sun – six months pregnant with their first baby – had splashed out £1,000 on a stunning dress. And the happy couple had invited over 70 guests to celebrate at a £6,000 hotel reception.
But their perfect day turned into a nightmare when moments before they were due to say ‘I do’, they were both arrested – after suspicions they were having a sham marriage.
Just one of the problems faced by cross cultural couples- some people think they are not ‘really’ together and the relationship is suspect and a sham…
I am Jennifer Nicholls one of Dr Elizabeth Harris’ first year students.
The title of my project is; Exploration of the ways in which the union of two different faiths are brought together by marriage. For this piece I would like couples from different faiths to fill in a questionnaire about their future marriage or the marriage they have already had and the components of this marriage, for example whether two ceremonies are done or whether there is a civil ceremony and blessings are done afterwards in the respective holy buildings or if there was need for conversion to take place.
Would you or any of your group be able to help me with this, the questionnaires would be sent over email and if there were any queries the couple could email me, the research will be done anonymously and there will be no reference to the couples by name in the final piece and they are free to withdraw at any point in the research
Please contact her directly
From London to Nagpur, Lauren and Abhiram, 2015’s inspirational cross cultural couple