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Multiculturalism

An Intercultural Love Story in a Bicultural Setting

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An Intercultural Love Story in a Bicultural Setting

Authors: Ruben Olague, María I. Castillo & Valentin Ekiaka Nzai. Texas A&M University-Kingsville Photo Credit: May Yee Ng Abstract This article discusses insights from a focus group exchange about intercultural partners’ challenges when dating a partner from another culturally and linguistic diverse background in a predominantly monolingual setting. A Ginsburg technique was used to collect […]

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Families

10 Things to AVOID Saying to Your International In-Laws This Holiday Season

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By Corey Heller Photo credit: istockphoto.com Are you in an international marriage? Are you going to be visiting your spouse’s family this holiday season? For many of us, this will be a wonderful time of sharing food, stories and laughter. For others it will be frustrating, uncomfortable and nervewracking. Whether you are looking forward to […]

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Multiculturalism

How I (Unwittingly) Taught My Son to Hate the Chinese

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By Corey Heller Photo credit: Snow Kisses Sky Fall, 2007 My son is 6 years old and we are talking about his upcoming birthday party. We discuss the foods that we’ll serve, how long the party will last, which games will be played, which kids will be in attendance and a myriad of other items. […]

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General Multilingualism

What Happens to Second-Generation International Children?

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By Bettina Ribes-Gil Photo credit: CarbonNYC Introduction As a follow-up to my article on Immigration and Language, the question arises of what happens to the second-generation international children? A definition of a second-generation international child is that at least one parent was born outside the host country. Purists require both parents to be foreign-born. The […]

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General Multilingualism

Blending the Multicultural Family: Is There a Recipe?

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By Natalie DeFee Mendik Photo credit: Muffet The World is My Oyster At just twenty-four, I blithely packed my bags and moved half-way around the world from the U.S. to Switzerland to marry someone I’d known less than a year. Taking with me only what I could fit into airline luggage, I set off to […]

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Expert Advice

Ask Harriet: My Spouse Doesn’t Speak My Language

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Dear Harriet, I am from Argentina and my husband is From the US. We have always spoken English together. Now we have a 6 month old baby, Maria, and I want to raise her bilingually. In theory my husband is in agreement but he doesn’t speak Spanish. I am worried if I speak only Spanish […]

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Expert Advice

Multicultural Families – Identity and Change

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By Harriet Cannon, M.C. Photo Credit: Hyeyoung Kim The twenty first century is a brave new world of global connections, and multicultural relationships and marriages. While this brings unparalleled creativity and choice about how we live our lives, there is a shadow side to diversity. The shadow side can loom heavily in relationships where husbands […]

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Expert Advice

Ask François Grosjean: How Can I Help My Bilingual Children Become Bicultural?

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While Prof. Emeritus François Grosjean was working on his wonderful book Bilingual: Life and Reality, he asked me to send him a list of questions that I felt weighed the heaviest on the minds of parents raising multilingual children. It is my honor to present both my questions and Prof. Grosjean’s answers here at Multilingual […]

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Multiculturalism

Little Fleeting Moments of Our Bicultural Identity

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By Irène Nam People commonly define culture by the customary beliefs, social forms, food and political inclinations of a country. So for a very long time, growing up in a bicultural environment did not mean anything more relevant to me than eating rice with a fork. What I realized though was how a Korean television […]

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Families

Following the East Wind: An International Marriage, Part Two

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In Austria during the post-war reconstruction years, when foreigners were few and bicultural couples rare, a young Austrian girl and a Korean student met and fell in love. They were determined to overcome all obstacles in order to build a life together. This is their story. (Read Part One of this heart-warming story first.)  Waltraud […]

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Families

Following the East Wind: An International Marriage

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In Austria during the post-war reconstruction years, when foreigners were few and bicultural couples rare, a young Austrian girl and a Korean student met and fell in love. They were determined to overcome all obstacles in order to build a life together. This is their story. Waltraud posing for a photo.   By Waltraud Kim […]

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Expert Advice

Ask François Grosjean: Can I Change From One Language Or Method To Another?

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While Prof. Emeritus François Grosjean was working on his wonderful book Bilingual: Life and Reality, he asked me to send him a list of questions that I felt weighed the heaviest on the minds of parents raising multilingual children. It is my honor to present both my questions and Prof. Grosjean’s answers here at Multilingual […]

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