Intercultural marriages increases the effort needed to be able to maintain a lasting relationship due to factors such as differences in traditions, norms and even language. This can be viewed on the basis of the elements affecting the success and failures of marriages. It is a known fact that committing to a relationship and marrying entails adjustments in every of the individual, physically, socially and emotionally. This is due to the reality that two people that have different personalities and outlooks are bound to make unified decisions.
Comparatively, being born from different culture and traditions increases the effort that is needed to be exerted to be able to establish a stable relationship and attain a successful married life. The dedication that is required from the individuals is higher because of the accepted facts that there are added factors that are in need of consideration (Romano, 1997). Scenario of an Intercultural Marriage In the determination of the factors that can affect the process referred to as intercultural marriage, there are two contributing element that are considered.
First consideration is the issues that are related to the differences in the traditions and norms of the two individual and second is the factors that lead to and affect marriage. In this view the first area that is needed to be studied are the factors that affect the relationship of two individuals. Primarily, the factors that can affect are the means of communicating. In viewing the onset of intercultural marriages, the couple can meet and communicate through chance whose probability is heightened mainly from intercultural phenomenon such as immigration and relocation that serves as the primary causes of interaction.
This can be attributed to the development that is presently occurring in the society. The advancement of the communication technology is also another contributing factor (Bacas, 2003; Constable, 2003). The second important consideration in this type of marriage is the factors that can affect the relationship established between the two individuals of the same culture. The issues that can be considered that has the most influential effects on the union of two persons from different backgrounds are the norms, tradition and the language that is mainly used for communication.
It is an accepted notion that people from different culture, may it be geographically-related such of different nation, related to religion and spiritual belief and ethnic backgrounds, has different visions in life (Romano, 1997). The outlook and points of view of every person work on the basis of their background. Thus, every aspect of one’s personality is deeply rooted on their origins which can affect the decisions that will be made in the bounds of the married life.
When people of two different races marry, their type of marriage is known as interracial marriage. This kind of marriage has existed in this 21st century, with new polls indicating that huge numbers of whites are marrying the blacks. Few countries have illegalized this issue while thousands of them have turned to experiment the new option. Countries that oppose this type of marriage are still living in the past. An example of such a state is Mississippi, whereby a recent survey indicated that 76% of the voters were considered to be very preservative. Through this, it is important to analyze the reasons for the delayed adoption of interracial marriage. Many families must have experienced a situation whereby their kids ask, “Dad, why am I different from mum?” and the vice versa. Getting to the underside of this matter might take some time. Often, children of interracial marriage get lost in cultural identity. Even though this is an important concept for children, the success of these children depends on the connection between the racial self- esteem and the child’s success. Again, children from this type of marriage find it hard to socialize. This is due to the fact that they have a culture of double heritage. A child will spend much of her time without noticing equal exposure to her two cultural heritages; father and mother.
Countries across the world have a slowed adoption to interracial marriage. This is as a result of the problems that are encountered. The society, in most countries, does not agree with the issue of interracial marriage. It would be uncomfortable to lead a life that is opposed by many in the community. This forms the negative society attitudes towards this issue. For example, it is probable to find that some couples consist of one side in which interracial marriage is approved, while on the other hand, interracial marriage is disapproved.
Being a modern initiative, interracial marriage has sought to explain the need to cut cultural boundaries and give an explanation of the cultural identities. However, many do not consent to this idea; hence oppose it by all means. Instead of becoming the biggest beneficiaries of the aspect, children tend to become the biggest losers since their level of concentration in their education is a bit low. The many opposers of this motion in different parts of the world also form the basis in which the issue can delay, not until the whole world becomes civilized on some specific matters such as this.