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Episode 2: RISE Above the Great Wall with Jacqe Yuengtian-Gutierrez

Show notes by Angelica Lam

Can you actually conquer the Great Wall? We asked some advice from Jacqe Yeungtian Gutierrez – friend, mom, and business revolutionary behind Happy Skin and BLK Cosmetics – from her own experience on a seven-year marriage that surpassed the challenges of this infamous Chinoy tradition. 


A Defense barrier?

To set things straight: the “Great Wall” isn’t something done out of racial discrimination, as one may assume. Janeena shares that it’s actually because Chinese elders are concerned that people from other cultures  wouldn’t be able to understand the strict nuances and traditions that the Chinese culture brings. Not only that, it’s done to protect their children as they don’t want these traits and traditions to be taken against them!


There’s hope!

Jacqe, now happily married for seven years, shares the secret behind her marriage: patience. Starting out as a typical “forbidden” love story, Jacqe shares how her husband was able to persevere through these challenges, and how he eventually won over her strict parents with his big heart. As she says, “at the end of the day, it’s your relationship and it boils down to the quality of the person you’re with.” – find someone who’s willing to fight for your love, and learn your culture. And for the parents, always remember that reassurance is key. 


Love in the time of Corona?

With her fairy tale-esque love story, we can’t help but wonder if we can ever find the same especially in a time where ghosting and quaranflings are all the rage. With that, Jacqe shares that for her, it’s all about focus on the good things and keep on channeling that – with your family and with your partner. Not only that, but you should always put God and respect at the forefront of your relationship.


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