Some people have difficulties separating an individual from their culture. Our ability to love, compromise, and respect each other is the key.
If I had a dollar for every time I’ve hear this phrase I would, well, have like .
And it is a little bit scary trying to live day by day. The hardest part of an intercultural relationship is deciding when to compromise, when to fight, and when to draw the line. What are you supposed to do if your partner is completely opposed to your religion?
Racism is one of those things that you can’t fully comprehend unless you are a victim of it.
He will never catch all the sarcastic jokes my sister whispers under her breath; I will never be able to reply quickly enough to his father’s drunken ramblings.
Those social keys, elements of sarcasm, and play on words expressions will never come naturally to each of us in a foreign language.
Love is not enough to keep a relationship going, it is definitely not enough to conquer all problems, but it certainly helps. [For more, check out: Things I love about Japan: Couple Wear] Intercultural dating is a lot of things. Two years later, and I never know what to expect on dates. But I really fell in love with the culture once I started dating Ryosuke. He was the one who helped me understand the types of sexism in Japan (for more, check out this post) But living with him, his family, and his friends, I have been given the enormously unique opportunity of doing participant observation of the Japanese culture.
A romantic walk on the beach is never just a romantic walk on the beach. And, well, I started this blog to document what I found.
However, most of it is defined by the fact that I am white and he is Asian.