Matthew further explains, “We didn’t always understand each other’s backgrounds, for instance, her family was Buddhist and mine was Catholic.
The first time she came to my house and saw crucifixes hanging from the walls, she was very confused.” He continues, “Similarly there were times when I went to her house and there would be food set out on tables as gifts for her ancestors, and I was shocked to learn that this was a ritual of her religion.” From religion to food preferences, there’s a lot you can learn in an interracial relationship.
“I have personally decided to keep my relationship private from my family.
Like anything you struggle with personally, a family divide because of differences in opinion can have a big impact, so I've decided when I'm ready to tell them I will.” Families tend to have a great influence over relationships.
All couples experience struggles in their relationship from time to time.
It doesn’t matter if you’re part of the LGBTQ community, got married young, believe in abstinence until marriage, or have a “picture perfect” relationship, you can understand that all relationships need to be filled with love and respect in order to last.
Smith shares more advice on what to do in these situations.
We’ve talked to an expert and college students who've been in interracial relationships to explain a few of these struggles as well as ways to deal with them.
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“Interracial relationships are a lot more special than regular relationships because they give you the opportunity to be exposed to a culture that you may be entirely unfamiliar with,” he says.
“In dating my girlfriend I was exposed to foods I might’ve been too nervous to try otherwise as well as a new type of family style eating.” Food is one factor that can arise when dating someone with a different cultural background, but it goes way beyond that too.