I enjoyed the eloquent writing style and SPC's take on the views projected by the series. However, I also disagreed on several points.
Many people watch Chinese series with a Western mind. It's not a bad/good thing but if we read or watch something without considering the other factors, we don't get the full flavor. I don't particularly enjoyed "Return," but I thought the relationship between the main characters were beautifully written. Nancy, as a mother, cannot stand back and watch her daughter married a mute when she has a rich, handsome and successful boyfriend waiting on her. It's cruel and discriminated but it's a mother's love.
Even though he found himself harbor romantic intention toward Charmaine, Chilam was raised as a son to Nancy and a brother to Charmaine. Beside the "inferior complex," part of himself also acts as her protector (older brother tends to do that a lot). Most "brothers" did not want their sisters to be with someone who is mute and is not confident in his feelings for his "sister."
Chilam also owed Nancy a debt (for his life). He choose to repay that debt by withdraw from Charmaine's life. It's the Eastern's attitude toward life vs. Western's. Sometimes, self is not the most important thing on earth.