Today we live in a world without borders, a global village. Distance no longer defines who we meet, fall in love with or marry. The Internet and e-mail connect people around the world in seconds. Immigration, study abroad, travel and multinational business have created a thriving cross-cultural community. But the experiences shared across cultures and countries do not always bridge the fundamental differences in beliefs and behaviors that span diverse cultures.
In Intercultural Marriage, Dugan Romano delivers a "reality check" for anyone already in, or contemplating, an intercultural marriage. This insightful book interweaves lessons learned from others and suggests that the joys of an intercultural marriage often result from turning the challenges of crossing cultures into an opportunity for a fulfilling and lasting relationship.
Now in its third edition, Intercultural Marriage examines the impact of cultural differences in marriage and offers practical guidelines on how to deal with the complexities they bring to a partnership. Covering such topics as raising bicultural children, religion, values, male vs. female roles, sex and social class, Romano continues to give voice to hundreds of couples she has interviewed and followed for over a decade.
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About the Author
Dugan Romano has been a cross-cultural trainer and counselor for fifteen years.
Table of Contents
Preface to the New Edition vii
Introduction: What's It All About xiii
Daring to be Different 1
The Whos and the Whys 3
Phases of Adjustment 17
Food, Friends, and other Frustrations 29
Food and Drink 40
Male-Female Roles 52
Place of Residence 64
Social Class 96
Raising Children 108
Language and Communication 125
Responding to Stress and Conflict 135
Illness and Suffering 140
The Expatriate Spouse 148
Coping with Death or Divorce 155
Making Miracles Isn't Easy 159
Types of Intercultural Marriages 161
What about the Promises 168
Factors for Success 172
Before Taking That Big Step 187
Practical Legal Considerations 201
Couples in Intercultural Marriage: Promises and Pitfalls 205