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Who would ever imagine that an American teacher and Chinese farmer would end up as lovers?
According to Shanghaiist, nine years ago, American woman named Tiffany and a Chinese man named Cai Xiaohua first met at an international school in Guangzhou.
Tiffany was a recent university graduate from New Jersey who was working as an English teacher, while Cai Xiaohua was a friendly security guard at the school who was always ready with a warm smile.
"After graduating from college in America, I came to China alone. When I saw someone smile at me, I thought he must be really friendly."
Cai grew up dirt poor in rural Henan province.
When he was only 10 years old, his mother abandoned the family, leaving Cai's father to handle all the work on the family farm.
To help his father with the crops, Cai dropped out of school after graduating from middle school.
After working a variety odd jobs, he ended up in Guangzhou where he met Tiffany.
Tiffany learned about Cai's life through short conversations when she would see him around school.
While Cai didn't know any English, she knew some Chinese, so the two were able to communicate.
Soon, the two fell in love and decided to get married in Cai's home village in central Henan.
Cai's father was relieved. He wasn't sure if his son would ever find someone to marry.
"Since he was a little boy, my son has been kind and thoughtful. Good people always get rewarded in life," he said.
After their wedding, the two decided to quit their jobs in Guangzhou and move to Zhengzhou to be closer to Cai's family.
Tiffany got a job as an English teacher at a local university, while Cai went home frequently to help out with the family farm.
The couple confessed that because of the language gap, there are still times when they can't understand each other and must resort to charades to get their point across.
The lovebirds have also flown back to the United States to see Tiffany's family.
Her mom and dad both said that they supported their daughter's decision to follow her heart, and also admit an interest in Chinese culture.
Now, Cai, 44, and Tiffany, 35, have a six-year-old daughter.