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,…

When Your Bilingual Child Goes to School

Do you worry about what will happen with the minority language once your bilingual child goes to school? Do you wonder whether it will still be the means of communication between you and your child, or whether the majority language will take over? If you are a bit concerned, you are not alone, but there…

Will my Kids Crinkle their Noses in Asian Markets?

Passing on our family cultures in interracial marriages is a challenge. There are words that I use to try to sum up the differences between my and my husband’s families growing up. They are categorical identities such as Jewish and Christian, Chinese and Caucasian, immigrant and American. They are quick reference words that might explain…

Top Strategies for Reading Aloud

As you read from my previous column, my goal is to teach literacy through quality and diverse literature for you and your family to enjoy together. I want you to have the best reading strategies out there for teaching the children in your life how to read and how to view the world. Through the…

Want to Raise Bilingual Children? Grow these 5 Habits Today

When raising children in a multiracial family, there are often also two or more family languages for the kids to learn. Contrary to a common belief, children do not pick up languages “as sponges”, nor does it happen by magic – but kids do become bi/multilingual when the circumstances are right. For your child to…

Multicultural Individuals in the Workplace

More people are becoming multicultural these days, meaning that they embody more than one culture. This is because globalisation and migration bring constant opportunities for different cultures to not only meet, but to interact. For example, in Australia, 28% of the population was born outside of Australia. In Canada and the US, this statistic is…

Our Jewish-Asian Marriage Isn’t Trendy

I am often met with a “knowing look” when I (a Chinese American female) share that my husband is Jewish. “Oh yeah, that’s a thing,” says [insert well-meaning person’s name].  And you know, according to all sorts of sources—including the New York Times—it does seem to be a thing. I’m one-half of a “marriage trend” that’s…

How to Teach Children to Read the World

As a first time parent, you are mostly worried about your baby sleeping and eating. When the Egypt Revolution began just 3 weeks after my daughter was born in Cairo, I was trying to get her to sleep to the sound of gunshots. As I was reading aloud, there were military tanks roaring down my street….

“Excuse me, What are you?”

As the parent of a teenage son, I know how difficult it is to raise children in our current cultural climate. I was born and raised in Los Angeles, and as an 80’s kid, I who grew up with men that wore eyeliner (think Culture Club and Flock of Seagulls) and friends from all religious…

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…