Incorporating aspects of the culture/race/religion into you daily life.
Becoming stronger in what you believe.
Having an incredible experience with someone you love and respect.
Possibly learning a new language.
Being exposed to another country.
By example teaching others around you that the relationship is like any other, with challenges but worth it.
An important step when dating someone, especially in a biracial or interracial relationship is to talk about each others values and beliefs. Use the Six Dimensions of Culture by Joel Crohn, Ph.D to start the conversation or consider the book Intercultural Marriage by Dugan Romano . She examines the motives of those who marry across cultures. Although, as a college student you may not be thinking of marriage yet this book can help explain the issues related to interracial relationships. Below is a list she calls "trouble spots" in such marriages.
These are points at which cultural differences raise issues and create problems that are either not present or are less severe in monocultural marriages. One last tool Conversation Questions: CultureThis site is used to learn about someone from another county. Use the site to discover more about your partner. Some questions may not apply, but several on "Customs" apply to everyone. This is a great list for you and you partner to use as a means to learn about each others culture and values.
A note of Caution: Do not assume that just because a person is from a certain culture or ethnic background that the person fits the stereotype of all people from that ethnicity. There is a great deal of diversity within a culture. Some people may "look" ethnic but, may not identify with that ethnic group. (Just because you have a friend who is similar in culture to you partner, do not assume you know everything about his/her culture. Understanding the similarities and differences can help prevent misunderstandings and hurt feelings between a couple, family and friends.
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