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Are mixed nationality marriages a good idea?

Postby hielepriori » Wed Aug 24, 2011 5:22 am

Are mixed nationality marriages/relationships a good idea?

What are your experiences?
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Postby canalon » Wed Aug 24, 2011 12:39 pm

Why would they not be?
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Re: Are mixed nationality marriages a good idea?

Postby jonmoulton » Fri Aug 26, 2011 4:24 pm

Hybrid vigor is good for kids. You'll need good humor and patience to find good outcomes when different social structures collide. Deep ties between societies may help stabilize political relationships; it's a local step toward peace. If you like adventure, I'd recommend it (my wife and I come from different continents and ethnic backgrounds).
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Postby canalon » Fri Aug 26, 2011 8:43 pm

Fully agreed. Patience and understanding are necessary.
On the other hand, being unable to talk to your in-laws is a curse and benediction at the same time (my wife and I both emigrated to Canada, so our families are spanning 3 continents and 3 languages, and no-one besides the kid speaking more than 2 of those).
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Re: Are mixed nationality marriages a good idea?

Postby jonmoulton » Mon Aug 29, 2011 3:38 pm

LOL "being unable to talk to your in-laws is a curse and benediction at the same time"

I've been working on Mandarin for 20 years and still can't converse with my father-in-law. My mother-in-law is patient and tries to help me along. Food and directions - no problem. Technology and philosophy - fall back on pantomime.

They say that using multiple languages decreases the probability of Alzheimer's. Does this mean I can use my healthcare account to put dual-language dictionaries? Ah, never mind Canalon, you are in a country with civilized health care and needn't trouble yourself with American healthcare kludges like the Healthcare Savings Account.
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Postby canalon » Wed Aug 31, 2011 2:17 am

You are a wonderful man, Jon, I must say that I am not even trying to learn mandarin either. I am absolutely tone deaf, and cause laughter and confusion in my modest attempts. My daughter's chinese name is Yu-zhu and it is supposed to meansomething along the line of "bamboo in the rain", but when telling her name to a chinese colleague, she asked me why she was "fish stew"...

But I can tell that in all objectivity my daughter is the cutest and smartest 3 year old in the world. And she can speak mandarin, so she is even smarter than her dad. So obviously hybrid vigour is good for the kids :-)

As an aside can you imagine that I sometimes grumble about the failing of the Canadian health care, compared to what I was used to in France. And see why I resist the attempts by my wife to make me find a job in the US. As long as your health care situation is not solved, I will not look for work there.
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