On the Radio: Jo Kelly-Bai’s Life Behind the Wall


You can listen to a recording of my interview with Jo Kelly-Bai, if you missed the live call last night!

Many of us have stories to tell about the journeys our lives have taken us on. Working through those stories motivate some of us to put the most compelling of our collection into book form. I’ve already had the honor of interviewing Carolyn Vines, whose book Black and (A)Broad documents how leaving the USA and immersing herself in a completely different culture helped her tackle her own complicated identity.

Although leaving your country of birth can be a daunting experience, I imagine the culture shock you experience relocating to the Netherlands (in Carolyn Vines’ case) or Germany (in my own) is nothing compared to what you experience when relocating to China!

But that’s exactly what Jo Kelly-Bai has done!

Being the only Black American woman in the small Chinese city where she lives, and being in an interracial/inter-cultural relationship with a Chinese man 13 years your junior, means Jo Kelly-Bai has many challenges to face on a daily basis.

With a background in business and finance, the recent economic downturn forced Kelly-Bai to rethink her career options. That’s how she ended up in Yuyao City, Zhejiang Province, People’s Republic of China. Now Jo is Director of Foreign Teachers and teaches business English to adult ESL students.

I hope to entertain and educate with this book to let people know the real deal when they choose to not only live in another country but to marry someone of a different culture.

In her upcoming book, Life Behind The Wall (which is also the name of her informative blog), Jo shows how a healthy portion of self-confidence, tolerance and self-motivation got her where she is today – China! – and has helped her deal effectively with the complex issues she’s facing: from lack of hair products to dealing with Chinese parents. Moving abroad changes a person, and in her book Jo shares with us the process of change that she is going through.

Jo is also a writer for Blasian Love Magazine, gives motivational speeches and advice to help women and men who are in inter-cultural relationships or want to be. She is currently in the States, where she is visiting her two adult (Blasian) children and adorable new grandson, and has agreed to call in from there for this interview.

Tune in to listen to Jo’s fascinating story and ask her any questions you have about living and working in China, and being married to a (younger) Chinese man!

  • Topic: Jo Kelly-Bai’s Life Behind the Wall
  • Special Guest: Jo Kelly-Bai
  • Date: 8 February 2011
  • Time: 7.30 pm CET // 1.30 pm EST
  • Duration: Approx. 60 minutes
  • Dial-in*: +1-724-444-7444 (Call I.D. 94246)
  • URL*http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/94246

* Due to new time restrictions on their free accounts, I will no longer be hosting the show in BlogTalkRadio. Instead join me from this show onwards on talkshoe.com!

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