The reason this ad makes me happy is pretty obvious. It’s an Asian male/white female (AMWF) couple. My fiance Peter is Asian. I’m white.
The reason it makes me sad is a little more complicated.
When Peter and I first got together I didn’t realise AMWF relationships were “a thing”.
I paid very little attention to the fact that he was Chinese. It didn’t really hit home for me until I met his parents and realised that, while there is no cultural gap between my fiance and I, the cultural gap between his parents and I is somewhat of a chasm.
I turned to the internet and discovered the AMWF community.
Then I started to look around me.
Note: I live in Australia’s biggest city and, according to a quick Google search, up to 20% of the population in parts of Sydney are from an Asian background.
I saw Asian couples. I saw white male/Asian female (WMAF) couples. But I can count, probably on one hand, the number of AMWF couples I have seen in the FOUR YEARS since my Chinese fiance and I got together.
Since that would probably be weird, at best, and inappropriate at worst, I instead started looking out for AMWF pairings in TV shows and movies.
I had to look pretty hard. And then, when I finally stumbled across (arguably) the best one ever – when Maggie and Glenn got together on one of my already favourite TV shows -***THE WALKING DEAD SPOILER ALERT*** the guy DIES!!! Edit: according to some internet speculation he may not be dead – The Walking Dead’s version of Jon Snow, or something like that.
The fact that I thought this ad was worth stopping and taking a photo of is what makes me a little sad.