The definition of intercultural marriage is spouses from different backgrounds or cultures that are united in marriage. The challenges that take place within an intercultural marriage are numerous, and vary with each individual couple, however some main concerns exist among those that are involved in intercultural marriage. Some of the main challenges that exist are religion, child rearing, family, employment, family traditions, language, morals, and values, living conditions, individual freedom, and social expectations of both parties, including the roles of both men and women. I wanted to write about this topic for a very long time, in my research I discovered that intercultural marriage is rarely discussed in books, social media, classrooms, and just in general conversation in my daily life. I have seen more discussion on interracial marriage or blended families, having a background in Family Studies and experiencing intercultural marriage on a personal level, I felt the need to start a discussion on this topic. I am in the process of reading a wonderful book on this issue “Kinship” by PhillipeWamba, who describes his life growing up in an African/African American household. Wamba touches on issues of learning two different languages, traveling to his father’s country in the Congo, and sharing African American traditions on his mother’s side of the family. This book inspired me to seek further research on the affect that an intercultural marriage, has on the children of the couple as well, what choices and experiences will they have as adults? Learning to balance both cultures, and the relationships that they may develop along the way in their growth from child to adult. As a woman the challenges come with deciding if staying home taking care of the family, or working outside of the home is better for the family unit, culturally at times staying at home is a good plan, however working outside the home is the best for the family too.
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