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Can cross-cultural relationships work?

( bbs.chinadaily.com.cn) Updated: 2014-09-17 08:18

Editor's note: Cross-cultural relationships can be exciting, enjoyable and enriching. But they are sometimes tough, especially when it comes to dealing with different cultural backgrounds. What's the biggest hurdle in a cross-cultural marriage? What's the best way to approach cross-cultural relationships? Forum members who are in cross-cultural marriages share their stories and experiences. You're welcome to leave your comments.

vf84tcat (US)

I am an American Caucasian married to a Chinese woman of Han descent. We love each other dearly but one issue I have is her powerful allegiance to her birth family. I knew this was part of Chinese culture before we married but nevertheless it still bothers me a bit. She is frequently concerned about how her family will perceive her actions rather than being more secure in herself. Growing up in the West I too love my birth family but my culture says once you grow up and marry that is now your primary family.

Can cross-cultural relationships work?

Joseph Laria and Wang Jin, shown with daughter Jacqueline, say their different backgrounds make their relationship more interesting. [China Daily]

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