When I was 18 years old I used to believe there is no way one could ever date successfully a person from a different culture. Now the reality is as the world is becoming increasingly borderless intercultural, inter-racial couples are on the way of becoming the norm and that is in my opinion a great thing. I think we should never segregate ourselves based on race, religion, nationality, culture nor any media, family or peer influenced limitations other than choosing the person that genuinely makes us happy. Is interesting however to see how our own cultures impact the way we perceive love and dating particularly. And while dating someone raised in a completely different culture can be the most enriching experience it comes with many challenges as you go deeper into the relationship and realize how the person has such a different perspective of life, of certain habits, view of relationships, values of family, traditions, manners, food and the list goes on. That is why I always jokingly say, nobody cares to meet an international etiquette consultant until the day they have to meet the parents of their loved one. So here is a few small tips to help you through the first dates if you find yourself dating in any of the below 10 countries.
Holidays and Religion in Intercultural Families If it stands out as being foreign (like including a birth date or photograph as in many foreign cultures), it will be Cross-cultural Marriage Advice: Tips for Successful Intercultural Relationships.
Many of our clients are open to meeting prospective partners of different ethnicities from themselves. As the daughter of a French-Irish mother and Punjabi father, as well as the wife of an American gentleman, what kind of insights can you share with our listeners regarding intercultural marriages? Is That Fair?
I think the melting and melding of cultures is what will sustain our growth as Homo sapiens. Why not procreate with them? Are there any surprising challenges or unexpected benefits of intercultural marriages, from your experience that you can share with us? We want to get rid of that. We want to learn from it, rid ourselves of it, move forward and focus on the good tenets of what each culture brings to the family.
Any of our readers part of an intercultural marriage?
My Advice on Cross-Cultural Dating and Relationships
Matisse Yee still remembers how excited she was to tell her parents she had finally “met someone”, and then immediately adding the disclosure “but he’s not Chinese”. Matisse says her relationship with her Malaysian-Sri Lankan partner initially took her parents by surprise because interracial couples are uncommon in Kuala Lumpur, where they both lived before migrating to Australia in She told her parents Vick Satgunasingam was Indian, before learning that he was actually Sri Lankan — an ethnic group regularly categorised with Indians in Malaysia.
Intercultural relationship advice from both sides of an American-Egyptian couple. Hello everyone! Hopefully, this counts as sharing culture, but.
Lucky for me, I live in one of the bigger cities where we have about different nationalities according to the latest census. The most glaring difference between Dutch culture and basically all other cultures is the perception of hospitality. First off, meeting the parents is a big deal in most cultures. Like, BIG. Are we clear? Food is better than flowers. With everything.
‘What are you on about??’: How to Survive in an Intercultural Relationship
I met my current partner of five years while studying in Croatia. We did long distance for one year afterwards with visits ever six months , then moved to Ireland together , and almost three years ago we moved back to Croatia together. We now built an apartment, business , and entire life together!
There are lots of challenges for couples in an interracial or intercultural relationship. Communication and bringing up biracial kids with intention is key.
To be honest there are some things I wish my-younger-self had known some years ago. The Intercultural Girl is a blog about intercultural life, Nepal, women’s issues, cross-cultural communication, women’s empowerment and relationships – especially intercultural relationships. I am passionate about women’s voices in the media and the movement toward equality between the sexes. All content on this blog is owned by theinterculturalgirl and may not be copied or republished without approval from theinterculturalgirl.
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Intercultural relationships – dealing with cultural barriers
August 5, by Jorien van Andel. Any relationship takes work, but when you are merging two cultures, navigating new customs and norms, all while trying to stay connected and in love with your partner, the stress can be daunting. But the trick here is to pinpoint and remember just exactly what each of you need and want from one another.
More than ever before, people have the freedom to date whoever Dr. Somjee says it’s “critical” for intercultural relationship survival to find.
Click here to listen to the entire Dating Criteria Playlist. The first time I tried intercultural dating was in college. I dated a Nigerian. I was confused. The day of our college graduation two significant things happened. First, his parents flew in and stayed at the campus family guest house. His mom cooked a big Nigerian meal for everyone. All seven of the Nigerian girls on campus came over filling the kitchen with Yoruba and Pigeon banter as they helped his mother cook.
I sat next to my friend Jenny, a blond haired blue eyed white girl, and her Indian boyfriend, another intercultural couple. We suffered through a shared plate of Nigerian food, as tears ran down our faces from the spices. I knew it was spicy when my Indian friend kept pushing the plate off on me. The entire event was awkward. My skin was closer in pigment to my friend Jenny than to any of the dark brown Nigerians roaming the house. For this, his mother was ice cold.
Intercultural Marriage Does Work
But beyond the shallow tendencies of our peers, couples coming from different cultures often deal with additional pressures in their relationships. Any relationship takes work, but when you are merging two cultures, navigating new customs and norms, all while trying to stay connected and in love with your partner, the stress can be daunting. But the trick here is to pinpoint and remember just exactly what each of you need and want from one another.
Advice for cross-cultural relationships. There is no single formula for a happy, long-term cross-cultural relationship. Relationships are always different and what.
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However, the focus in writing was on ways of building a sturdy foundation for Intercultural couples to use to carry them through the hard times of life and to optimally enjoy the good times. Read more Read less. To get the free app, enter mobile phone number. See all free Kindle reading apps. Tell the Publisher! I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle?
Facts of Intercultural Dating
This past month will mark 49 years since anti-miscegenation laws were struck down in the United States and interracial marriages were deemed legal. Nowadays, there are more mixed marriages than ever before, with people marrying freely across cultures, continents and races in the name of love. Especially in Canada, cross-cultural relationships have one of the largest growth rates. Mixed relationships are eagerly coming out of the woodwork and becoming a societal norm.
Time and time again, we come across people who have never met a real intercultural couple, or in some cases, never even seen one. Usually the stares and questions come from a curious place and it is our job as intercultural couples to educate such people and open their minds to help make our society more tolerant to our type of relationships.
Yes, Cultural Exchange; No, Cultural Exploration.
There are only so many new ways to spice things up. The crappiness only increases tenfold when taking into account relationship-oriented blogs focused on visiting or living abroad. But there are also young, devoted bloggers in intercultural relationships who are changing the norms. By chronicling their lives with their significant others through hilarious vignettes, pictures, and cute cartoons, all three women challenge stereotypes of Asian men through their content.
Buchele Mineta agreed that keeping her blog positive and humorous is the best way to attract a diverse crowd of readers who may not be familiar with different cultures. Therefore, it is not surprising many of us young travelers can easily relate to the topics covered on these blogs. At least for me—an expat kid turned freelance writer—this is why I find blogs that bend boundaries to be so relatable.
Building off of that positivity, she has found situations from her daily life to blog about. The Freelancer. Rates Database Rates Calculator. Next post. Related Content. Have the latest freelancer news, resources, and insights delivered weekly to your inbox.
Little things that never mattered in previous relationships, like your religion or diet, suddenly become glaringly important issues. The most important thing, in all relationships really, but especially in an intercultural one, is to have respect for each other. For example, many cultures or religions have dietary restrictions. So take a day to experience it all together. For example, as an American married to a Filipino , we once spent a day touring Manila and visiting all the famous cultural spots, such as Intramuros and the National Museum of the Philippines where we both learned new things about the Filipino culture and history.
Humility is Key.
Her husband, Dennis, is Chinese American, and she is from a white family. The occasional confused look is the least of the challenges faced by couples in interracial and intercultural marriages. Being raised in different cultures means couples have to negotiate different communication patterns, agree on what they want for their mixed-race children, and learn to accept new traditions. Marriages between partners of different races are happening more and more often. The rate of interracial marriages increased by 28 percent in the last decade, according to the U.
Census Bureau. That number will only continue to increase as minority populations come to outnumber the white majority in America in the next 30 years, as projected by the Census. Just like any marriage, however, the thing that binds interracial couples together, and what helps them bridge the divides they face, is having the same values and shared vision of life.
When a white person marries a person of color, they step into a new world. Their spouse knows how to navigate both the culture of their own race as well as the mainstream majority culture in America. For a white person who has only known that majority culture, it can be eye-opening to see things from a new perspective. For example, Christa Burson grew up in a white family who ran a buffalo ranch in rural Minnesota.
50 Shades of Traveler: Quirks of Intercultural Dating
More and more people are living, working and studying abroad. One of the byproducts of this trend is that there are more and more intercultural relationships that are developing into intercultural marriages; along the way is a long process of dating that has even more ups and downs than the average dating process. Of course, dating always has its ups and downs, and various problems arise along the way, but add cultural differences to the natural course of dating, and you have yourself a recipe for roller-coaster dating.
TIP: Running out of conversation?
A personal blogpost discussing things that only occur when you’re in an intercultural relationship with someone outside of your culture or race.
Cover photo courtesy of Jon Taylor Sweet. Your significant other not getting references or jokes about childhood experiences, TV shows, pop artists, and etc. Discussions about why the U. They are human beings. Having no idea what they just said. Saying something in your native language and feeling sexy. Hearing something in their native language and it being sexy.
Accents in general. Expressing affection in different ways.