Intercultural Marriage...
when two cultures meet each other.


There are challenges that intercultural marriage have to face. Marriage counseling or pre-marriage counseling will help you overcome these challenges and marriage trouble.


Each person is different and each marriage is different. Even if you marry someone who has the same cultural background,
you will most likely face many challenges and marriage trouble.
Intercultural marriage is nothing different, but when two different cultures meet each other, there may be significant challenges that you and your partner will have to face.

I think there are two different types of intercultural marriage, one is interracial marriages and the other is inter-national marriages.

Some interracial marriages may or may not face any significant challenges. They may share similarities if both of them were born and raised in the United States. They may overcome marital conflicts because of the support their families provide. They may not carry specific traditions of their specific cultures that create misunderstandings and conflicts.

On the other hand, inter-national marriages may face significant challenges since couples were born and raised in different
countries where they may eat different foods, speak different languages, and have significant differences in cultural values.

There may be 100 questions they may want to ask before marriage. They may have to discuss in which countries they will reside and how often the other partner will be able to return their home country.

There may be significant differences about family values and cultures. Your partner's family may value a very close relationship as a family. Your partner may have totally different opinions about how to raise children. If the couples speak different languages, subtle miscommunication may create misunderstanding and marital conflicts.


Whether you are in an interracial or inter-national relationship or both, it is very important to discuss your strengths and challenges.

Inter-cultural marriage may bring rich experiences to your marriage.  If you acknowledge your strengths and challenges and find ways to work with them, your marriage will be richer and can be your dream marriage.

Pre-marriage counselingis highly recommended before you get married.

Here are some marriage tips for intercultural couples:

1. Do not assume anything. If you have questions, ask, talk, and discuss.

2. Respect your partner's culture. Respect your partner's culture, family values, and traditions, even if it is at odds with your values.

3. Acknowledge the differences. Forget, forgive, and move on. Different communication styles create subtle misunderstandings. Different ways to handle each day's life situations from laundry to cooking create tensions. Your ways are right, but their ways are also right. Both ways can work.

4. Do not take everything seriously. Humor helps. Laughter is great medication for all couples. You may have secret jokes that you and your partner share but nobody understands, and/or you may have secret words (your partner's native language, maybe)that help break the tension.

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