[First part of this conversation pieced together from two overlapping conversations.]
Mom: "All married couples fight like this. Ask our chinese friends."
Me: "Is that supposed to make me feel better?"
Mom: "A lot of them have it much worse. Remember Ree who runs the clothing boutique in Beijing? Her husband had an affair with a woman twenty years younger. The mistress came to the shop to stir up trouble. Ree had to take her own money and pay off the mistress."
Me: "Why doesn't she divorce that jackass?"
Mom: "Naturally as Chinese people, they want to avoid divorce. Or at least my generation feels that way."
Me: "嫁鸡随鸡， 嫁狗随狗。 (Marry a chicken, follow a chicken. Marry a dog, follow a dog.)"
Me: "What a crappy way to live."
... a couple hours later ...
Mom: So! When are you going to get a boyfriend? You should think about marriage soon!