Yesterday I went to a wonderful book reading for the 2011 book, “The Globalisation of Love.” The author, Wendy Williams, interviewed multicultural couples from all over the world to understand the “frustrations and the fun” of a multicultural relationship. Since about half of the women in last night’s group, myself included, are in multicultural relationships, we were able to relate!
Here’s what I learned:
- It’s quite normal for Roman’s family to offer me ketchup with every meal. Multicultural couples are constantly adapting to new foods and traditions and having something familiar from their homeland makes them feel more at home and welcome. Plus, what American doesn’t like ketchup?! According to my dad, that’s unAmerican.
- Comprise. Comprise. Comprise. BUT don’t compromise too much. And don’t keep score or anything. Realistically though, I do get 3 points for moving across the ocean, 12 points for going through the Visa process and another 20 points for learning German. But who’s keeping track?!
- Multicultural couples are everywhere! According to Wendy, we are modern day peace ambassadors. I think i’ll add that to my resume and reapply to work for the UN.