Funerals and Faith: Cultural Rituals of Grief

I am not a religious person, yet I have come to appreciate the role of religious institutions in creating structure to express grief and to provide essential social support systems. Read more as columnist, Cheryl Crippen discusses two cross-cultural (Italian Catholic and Indian Jain) rituals of grief.

How to Really Communicate in an Intercultural Marriage

Intercultural couples are outliers in a world where most marry within their racial and ethnic groups. As border-crossing trailblazers, they encompass an element of rebelliousness in their willingness to deviate from social pressures. Here are tips on how to really communicate successfully in such relationships.

Reasons Why Intercultural Couples Argue Differently

All couples have communication problems but intercultural couples may have unique reasons that contribute to the hows and whys of them arguing differently. When two people come together, they bring their distinct personalities, temperaments, coping styles, and life experiences. Even the most similar individuals within the same culture will have very different frames of reference,…

Cultural Expeditions: Exploring Diversity Within Families

This summer marks the 50th anniversary of the historic Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia, which overturned state laws prohibiting interracial marriage based on the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment. This milestone, and the compelling story of Mildred and Richard Loving is emblematic of the adversity and challenges experienced by interracial couples as…