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Emily’s family is white, and Jesse’s parents speak very little English, so when the couple spends time with his extended family, Spanish is the language everyone converses in. Normally, this means that interracial or multicultural couples have a unique need to bend, flex, compromise, and accommodate to one another's contrasting ways of looking at life.

Previously, in private, she had expressed to my mother her condolences that I was marrying her son instead of a Jewish man. “You must be disappointed,” she’d said, sympathetically. The first baby step towards the barrier free society has already been taken. For example, in villages in Melanesia, Southeast Asia, and Africa, men sleep in a men’s house, while their wives and children sleep somewhere else. Cross-national couples are couples in which partners have different nationalities or, if they do have the same nationality, one has gained it as a result of immigration. Some couples have partners with different nationalities but some similar cultural dimensions . We met late in life, so I just retired last month, with a pension that would make life in Morocco for the two of us very comfortable.

The magnets of this migration are large cities with vibrant economies that embrace cultural diversity. For example, if the teenager feels smothered because their parents want to know where they are every minute, we might try phone check-ins at designated times instead. If parents feel that their child doesn’t respect their culture, perhaps agreeing to speak the parents’ native language at home can demonstrate respect and compassion. Apparently, the priest forgot to sign their marriage license 50 some years ago.

Andrew J. Cherlin’s journal article, “American Marriage in the Early Twenty-First Century,” reviews the historic changes in marriage and the economic and cultural forces that have changed family life in America. Cherlin begins by assessing the demographic changes over the past century, such as the age people marry. The median age of marriage during the 1950’s reached a historic low at twenty-three for men and twenty for women, but in the 1960’s, the median age began to rise again. Today, women are marrying much later, and the vast majority of young adults have had premarital sex . In addition to this, cohabitation, or living with a partner before marriage, is far more common today than it was in the early- or mid-twentieth century . While marriage rates have been declining, divorce rates have been increasing. Beginning in 1950, about one-third of marriages ended in divorce and during the 1960’s and 1970’s, the likelihood of a married couple getting divorced increased significantly.

At this position an even larger problem with intercultural marriages. It is easy to look at why it is difficult to let go of a tradition or expectation. It isn’t easy to deal with the legacy that we’ve all grown up within our ethnic, religious and socio-economic backgrounds. Numerous cultures will consume different marriage laws, customs and also parental disagreements which will lead to disputes. There will be lower material satisfaction, higher divorce rates due to logistics.

It’s not that the characters in these books are flat or stereotypical. It’s that the falling apart of these couples is blandly and reductively blamed on the other’s culture, rather than character flaws. They must be deftly intimate, persuasively revealing of particular people who exist in a world as real and complex as our own. We lived nearly a year in the UAE and visited, for the first time, both of our ostensible homelands—India and Israel.

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In some cultures, men have a duty to go out in the world and provide their family with security and sustenance, while women have a duty to remain at home to take care of children and household responsibilities. Households where both husband and wife pursue their own careers and ambitions subvert these traditional cultural expectations and are seen as disruptive. Now, Americans use marriage for self-fulfillment and purpose, which is a marked shift from historical marriage norms. In other words, people don’t just look for someone they love, but someone that also completes them.

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It will spare them a lot of agony if they discuss this upfront. I had not realized that sending 25% of his take home pay to his family was not enough.

Cultural differences / likely pitfalls for international marriage (Westerner and Japanese)

Adjust and adapt to one another’s cultures through compromise and communication. It also takes a willingness to give up some of your desires in order to meet the other person’s needs. Listen to each other before identifying differences, problems, and solutions. Realize that both of you have equal influence in your relationship.

OK, that might be a bit cutesy – and certainly is easier said than done – but it does seem to apply to couples who have chosen to marry partners from different countries and cultures. Many of my patients struggle to bridge a cultural divide between them and their spouse–who is of a different culture, country, and/or religion–or between immigrant parents and first-generation children. Communicating across this chasm takes understanding, empathy, flexibility, and most importantly, practice. Intercultural couples may face more stress than the average partners, but an intercultural marriage can absolutely work. Because of this, you may feel like you don’t have anyone to talk to who fully understands the intercultural marriage problems you’re up against. Intercultural marriage offers the advantages of cultural exchange, expanded worldview, exposure to new traditions, increased tolerance and understanding, and the possibility of a unique and enriching family dynamic.

Molina et al., argue that communities serve as proxies for extended families in many societies and are extremely important in bringing intercultural couples together. People who are in intercultural relationship must understand that there will be challenges and obstacles from others that are against interracial or intercultural relationships. If the relationship is valuable to them then they will be able to over come adversity such as prejudice and discrimination and a host of other negative challenges they may occur. People are constantly surprised to learn that, after nearly three years of marriage and the recent birth of our first child, I’m not even a permanent resident of Australia.

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