Into the Wild with Amber and Victor

November 10, 2017

It was their love for the wild and adventure that brought our November’s How We Met couple together. While both were born in the United States, Amber and Victor are of European and Mexican, and Chinese ancestry respectively. Amber who holds a PhD in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology and worked as a scientist performing academic research into cancer biology for 10 years, decided it was time to embrace motherhood and alternative…

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Reasons Why Intercultural Couples Argue Differently

August 31, 2017

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, perceptions, and interpretations of the meaning of their interactions. Now add cultural differences to that…

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Will my Kids Crinkle their Noses in Asian Markets?

August 31, 2017

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 a bit about the nature of our differences to a passerby. They provide some context,…

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Our Jewish-Asian Marriage Isn’t Trendy

July 20, 2017

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 sweeping the nation. I had a professor once tell me that her synagogue had Asian…

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Cultural Expeditions: Exploring Diversity Within Families

June 24, 2017

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 well as the many opportunities for these same couples and their families. In popular and…

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