Some people are in favor of these whereas others believe that these marriages are not long lasting. They argue that the cultural differences cannot keep the couple together for Eng, but my observation proves otherwise. In general, intercultural marriages are good for people. Marrying outside one’s community and culture gives the couple a chance to understand each other’s culture and values. It brings about respect for the traditions that they follow. Personally, an individual is able to incorporate these values and build a better and stronger character.
Community wise intercultural marriages connect families that may have different views. This in turn helps in building up a better society where every person has mutual respect for each other’s customs. These marriages help in learning misunderstandings that may have crept in. They enhance the understandings and the appreciation towards others. In today’s society intercultural marriages have become a key aspect in strengthening the ties of brotherhood. Every culture and religion in the world teaches good morals and values.
A couple that has married outside their culture benefits by learning and adopting good teachings and standards of behavior from each other. They also get an opportunity to learn new languages. My uncle can now speak my aunt’s mother tongue fluently. Also, when these couples have children, hey grow up in a multicultural environment. My uncle’s kids are multilingual and they enjoy celebrating the different festivals that each of their parents celebrate. The values and traditions followed by each of them are integrated into their lives.
Children learn to respect others, their culture and norms due to their experience at home. In fact, these children become citizens that have high moral values. It is argued that when people marry outside their tradition and culture, they lose their identity as in most cases they are forced to accept the customs followed by their husband or wife’s family. This is not true; in reality, following each others customs teaches people to sacrifice, to not be selfish and understand each other. It builds up a strong multicultural identity.
Some state this as the major reason for these marriages being weak and not long lasting. Compromise and selflessness actually strengthens the love between couples and helps build a healthy relationship and a strong family. My aunt has changed a few of her habits in order to maintain her relationship and she does not regret of having done so. Though people’s view differ, intercultural marriages are beneficial for people. They are a means to learn each others culture, strengthen intercommunicate relationships and build families that have high moral values.
Its benefits outweigh the negative points. In today’s world where relationships have lost their value and people have lost faith in each other, intercultural marriages serve as bridges to bring people together. They lay the foundation for a strong, civil society. Intercultural marriages were not so common in the days my uncle got married, but with globalization and modernization, they have become the norm and have evolved as ways to form a world with a better future.