Advice on intercultural dating

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However, many of the challenges interracial couples might face can actually come from within the relationship, rather than from a judgmental society.

Entering the relationship while cognisant of these challenges gives you and your partner a greater chance of dating success and the basis to form a lasting, fulfilling relationship.

So, what’s the best way to handle disapproval of your interracial relationship? Above all else, take the steps necessary to protect your relationship in the face of ongoing negativity.

For your own mental health, assume that most people have good intentions.

Strangers stare at the two of you when you walk hand-in-hand down the street.

Friends ask questions about “those people” and family members say they fear for your future mixed-race children.

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We understand that with modern day busy lives, it can be difficult to meet someone who shares your interests, background and goals.

As an interracial couple, you will have many and obvious differences including history, heritage, culture, tradition and religion, amongst others.

Entering the relationship aware and respectful of these differences will give you a surer footing for a successful partnership.

While the liberté, égalité, fraternité philosophy of France is a highly noble aspiration, some social commentators argue that the ‘equality’ the French refer to can be such a blinding ambition as to ignore and celebrate our very many differences.

After all, don’t they also say vive la difference in France?

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